Press release: 31 Promising Opera Singers progress to the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship Quarter-Finals

5 June 2017

Quarter-Finalists that qualified in the heats held on May 14, will perform for adjudicators a second time on June 10 in the hope of getting a step closer to securing their part of the of $58,500 scholarship on offer for professional development.

16 of the qualifying singers will progress to the Semi-Final on June 11 and eight will then be selected to progress to the Final at The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood on July 16.

Adjudicators Peter Coleman-Wright AO and Anson Austin OAM are already impressed by the high standard of this year’s contest.  They look forward to hearing the singers again, but are aware their work next weekend will involve many agonising decisions.

The artists appearing in the Quarter-Final, are as follows:
Amanda Windred (Oxley Vale)
Morgan Balfour (Bracken Ridge, QLD)
Jessica Harper (Newtown)
Jenna Robertson (Sydney)
Jessie Wilson (Denistone East)
Zoe Drummond (Homebush)
Damian Arnold (Allawah)
Bronwyn Douglass (Voyager Point)
Danita Weatherstone (Wyee)
Livia Brash (Glebe)
Joelene Griffith (Mount Kuring-Gai)
Pamela Andrews (Rockdale)
Esther Yee Eun Song (Croydon Park)
Daniel Carison (Mebourne, Vic)
Christopher Curcuruto (Leichhardt)
Imogen-Faith Malifitano (Wollongong)
Joseph Raso (Casula)
Anna Stephens (Kenmore, QLD)
Joshua Oxley (Lane Cove
Jessica Westcott  (Leichhardt)
Alexandra Ioan (Richmond, VIC)
Matthew Reardon (Yagoona)
Raphael Hudson (Chatswood)
Daniel Macey (Blakehurst)
James Olds (Narrabeen)
Anastasia Bickel (Holland Park, QLD)
Joshua Salter (Glebe)
Heather Lupton (Glenbrook)
Boyd Owen (Melbourne, VIC)
Stephanie Gibson (Pyrmont)
Jared Lillehagen (North Curl Curl) 

Previously known as the Sun Aria, this annual event has been showcasing Australia’s operatic talent for the past 85 years. Now carrying a total prize purse of $58,500, it has served as launching pad for some of the nation’s greatest singers.  The names of soprano Dame Joan Sutherland, tenor Stuart Skelton and other earlier winners enrich the value of its past, while younger artists, including soprano Stacey Alleaume, tenor Darren Pene Pati and countertenor Nicholas Tolputt, who triumphed on its stages last year, already illuminates its future promise. 

Both Quarter-Finals and Semi-Final will be held at Shore School, North Sydney.
The Quarter-Finals will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 12pm in Playfair Hall (the BH Travers Centre), while the Semi-Final will be held in the Smith Auditorium on July 11, 2017 at 12pm.
General session tickets:  Adult $18, Concession $15.

The Final will take place in The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood, on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 2.30pm.  Adult $42; Concession $35.

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