Press release: Twenty-nine emerging opera singers have progressed to The Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship Quarter-Finals

30 May 2018

The Quarter-Finalists that qualified in the preliminary heats on May 20 will perform for adjudicators a second time on June 9 in hope of coming one step closer to securing their part of the $70,000 on offer for professional development.

Sixteen of the qualifying singers will progress to the Semi-Final on June 10 and eight will then be selected to progress into the Final at The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood on July 15.

Adjudicator Amelia Farrugia, Sydney Eisteddfod Alumni and Ambassador, selected this year’s Quarter-Finalists and is already impressed by the high standard of this year’s contest. John Bolton-Wood AM will join Amelia for the Quarter and Semi Final rounds where they will decide which of these singers will progress to the Final.

Amelia and John will be joined by Guest Adjudicator Dr Nicholas Milton AM, Sydney Eisteddfod Alumni and Ambassador, for the Final. 

The artists appearing in the Quarter Final are as follows:

Shikara Ringdahl (Brisbane, QLD)
Georgia Hall (Lake Macquarie)
Chelsea Kluga (Perth, WA)
Olivia Cranwell (Waterloo)
Timothy Newton (Benowa, QLD)
Matthew Lowe (St Kilda West, VIC)
Rhian Saunders (St Ives)
Anna Stephens (Ashfield)
Claire Chehade-James (Botany)
Adam Jon (Melbourne, VIC)
Esther (Yee Eun) Song (Croydon Park)
Isabella Moore (Auckland, NZ)
Joshua Oxley (Lane Cove)
Teresa Ingrilli (Alphington, VIC)
Pamela Andrews (Rockdale)
Alexandra Ioan (Melbourne, VIC)
Jarvis Dams (Hamilton, NZ)
Caitlin Cassidy (Wembley, WA)
Emily Turner (Pyrmont)
Chelsea Dolman (Waikato, NZ)
Christopher Curcuruto (Croydon Park)
Daniela Leska (Matraville)
Michelle Ryan (Harwood)
Morgan England (Lawnton, VIC)
Daniel Macey (Darlinghurst)
Celeste Haworth (Narrabeen)
Shakira Tsindos (Ivanhoe, VIC)
Cameron Taylor (Gaythorne, QLD)
Eugene Raggio (Surry Hills)

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 $70,000, it has served as a 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, include soprano Stacey Alleaume, tenor Darren Pene Pati and last year’s winner Boyd Owen already illuminate its future promise.

In 2018 an additional 2nd scholarship and a people’s choice award will be on offer as a part of The Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship.

In addition to the winner scholarship valued at $43,000, second place will be awarded a scholarship valued at $12,000, third place will receive $5,000 and the people’s choice award nominated by the live audience at the Final is valued at $500. Non-placing finalists will receive $1,000 and Semi-Finalists that do not progress to the Final $500.

These important opportunities for emerging classical singers would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors The John Lamble Foundation, Brian France AM & Phillipa France, Michael Taylor, Sydney Savage Club and Douglas Sutherland AM.

Both Quarter-Finals and Semi-Final will be held in the Smith Auditorium at Shore School, North Sydney. The Quarter-finals will take place on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 1pm, while the Semi-Final will be held on Sunday, June 10 at 12pm. General session tickets: Adults $20, Concession $16.

The Final will take place in The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood, on Sunday, 15 July at 2.30pm. Tickets: Adult $45, Concession $37.

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* Sydney Eisteddfod is a not-for-profit organisation that runs one of the most successful competitive performing arts festivals of its type in the world. We have an average of 350 events yearly with competitors coming mostly from NSW/ACT but also from other states and New Zealand.