Sydney Eisteddfod

Press Release: Operatic hopefuls sing for the chance of a lifetime

Published: 02/07/2019 12:27pm

2 July 2019

Eighteen young emerging operatic stars will be competing on Sunday 7th July at Shore School’s Smith Auditorium in North Sydney for a place in the finals of Sydney Eisteddfod’s coveted Opera Scholarship worth in excess of $61,000!

Sydney Eisteddfod is the leading international performing arts festival, challenging young performers and supporting the establishment of their careers across the industry. 

This event was established with the first City of Sydney Eisteddfod in 1933 to discover voices from across Australia and New Zealand and has been the launching pad of many international careers such as Dame Joan Sutherland, Heather Begg & Amelia Farrugia.

 Amelia Farrugia, Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship winner of 1994, 2018 scholarship judge, and now, Eisteddfod Ambassador, says, “The Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship provides invaluable and precious opportunities to young singers. The operatic world is highly competitive as there are so few opportunities for Aussie artists. Young singers need to study overseas to be able to compete at an international level and to learn foreign languages such as Italian, French and German.”

The 2019 Semi Finalists are: Olivia Cranwell (Ashfield), Michelle Ryan (Bondi), Imogen-Faith Malfitano (Sydney), Kirsten Jones (Towradgi), Morgan England-Jones (Lawnton, QLD), Samantha Lestavel (Sydney), Raphael Wong (Canterbury, VIC), Cassandra Wright (Brisbane, QLD), Pamela Andrews (Pyrmont), Panayiota Kalatzis (Sydney), Samson Setu (Auckland, NZ), Tessa Hayward (Waterloo), Anna Stephens (Ashfield), Juliette Di Bello (Sydney), Ashlyn Tymms (Paddington), Cleo Lee, McGowan (Northcote, VIC), Bronwyn Douglass (Botany) & Chelsea Burns (South Guildford, WA).

In the Semi-finals, each artist will perform 2 arias. Eight will then be chosen to continue to the finals, taking place at Chatswood’s Concourse Concert Hall on Sunday 4th August in hopes of taking out the individual winner’s prize of $43,000.

Second place takes $10,000 and third, $5,000. Each of the finalists, excluding place getters, will receive $1,000.

Semi-finals day starts at 2pm, Sunday 7th July

Tickets are available at the venue for $21 for adults & $17 for concession.

For more information please go to Sydney Eisteddfod’s website

Sophie Rupp- Marketing: I 02 9261 8366