2012 Aria Kathryn Radcliffe semi final

Kathryn Radcliffe, on stage at the 2012 Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship Semi-Final

Sydney Eisteddfod high achievers win in Melbourne competition

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Earlier this week, Victorian soprano Kathryn Radcliffe emerged victorious at the 2014 Herald Sun Aria. A veteran of the Sydney Eisteddfod platform, Kathryn established herself as a talent to watch when she sang in the semi final of the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria in 2012.

Since then, her dramatic coloratura has matured beautifully, and now at the age of 27 she is ripe for pre-professional training. As a passionate performer, Kathryn will put her $22,000 scholarship and $12,500 cash prize to good use, and wishing her every success in her further studies, Sydney Eisteddfod takes pride in applauding her victory.

Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon, who last month won the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria, finished runner-up and added another $14,000 to her growing prize purse, while countertenor Maximilian Riebl, who also sang in the final of this event, received the $2,500 encouragement award. Both the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria and the Melbourne Herald-Sun Aria are respected in international opera circles. As qualifying for a place in the final of either event is a prize in itself, we also congratulate Thomas Strong, another Sydney Eisteddfod regular, who along with Kathryn, Lucinda and Max featured in the top six.

Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon

Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon, on stage at the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald's Operatic Aria. Photo: WinkiPoP Media

Maximilian Riebl

Maximilian Riebl, on stage at the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald's Operatic Aria. Photo: WInkiPoP Media

Judged by Richard Divall, Tiffany Speight and Roxane Hislop, the 2014 Herald-Sun Aria drew an audience 1,500 people to Melbourne’s Hamer Hall.