Mezzo-Soprano Bronwyn Douglass took out several major awards in the 2017Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Awards on 17 September.
Not only was she named the winner of Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award she also took home the Mozart and Handel Prize, the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto Prize, the Tait Memorial Trust Prize and the People's Choice Award. Bronwyn said that she was thrilled with the result.
"Winning all of these prizes is an absolute dream come true. The work of Dame Joan Sutherland OM AC DBE and Maestro Richard Bonynge AC CBE is something that I have admired and been inspired by ever since I learned what Opera was as a child." said Bronwyn.
Bronwyn was a finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship in 2016 & 2017, as well as being awarded second prize in the Opera & Arts Support Group Vocal Scholarship in 2016 & 2017.
She says that opportunities such as these awards are invaluable for emerging singers, like herself, looking to pursue a career in Opera.
"Pursuing a career in Opera is a long and expensive process and the prizes won in competitions can really make a huge difference, encouraging singers to continue their studies." she said.
"I have been the proud recipient of many prizes, awards and scholarships over the years including awards from the Sydney Eisteddfod and many other Eisteddfodau, the Opera and Arts Support Group, the Melba Opera Trust and the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School, just to name a few. I am also a finalist in the Opera Foundation for Young Australians Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship in late October. " she said.
"I feel so lucky for all of the support I have received and will be forever grateful to all of the organisations, foundations and competitions in Australia that create such wonderful opportunities for young singers." she said.