Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates soprano Tabatha McFadyen on her recent triumph in the Opera & Arts Support Group Vocal Scholarship. Carrying a first prize of $10,000, this event has been a highlight of the Sydney program since 1992 and over the years many of its winners have progressed into successful operatic careers.
In her victory speech, Tabatha, who finished second in this event last year, thanked the Opera & Arts Support Group wholeheartedly for its generosity in helping struggling singers with the cost of their studies. As the first of the six finalists to perform, she began an evening she will always fondly remember singing ‘Signore ascolta’ from Puccini’s masterpiece Turandot and ‘Glück das mir verblieb’ from Die Tote Stadt by Korngold. The adjudicators on this occasion were Australian opera stars Cheryl Barker and Peter Coleman-Wright, who as role models for young singers, were jointly appointed Officers of the Order of Australia in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List.