1: Sydney Eisteddfod OPERA SCHOLARSHIP (35 & Under)

Final Sunday 4 August 2:30pm

Venue: The Concourse - Concert Hall

Event Ages: 35 & Under

Event Type: Solo

Sponsored by
The John Lamble Foundation, Sydney Savage Club, Douglas Sutherland AM, Michael Taylor, The Estate of the Late Mr Leslie Andrews

Status: Completed

Entrants must prepare THREE contrasting arias from THREE different operas from at least TWO musical periods and in at least TWO languages: 
- One aria from before Mozart's death;
- One aria from after Mozart's death - 1791;
- The remaining aria may be from any period.
Note: See Item 5 under the 'Conditions' for this Scholarship.

Arias are to be performed as follows.
* Heats
By Audio Recording
Submission Date: Monday 3 June 2019 (without edit) ONE aria of own choice
By Live Performance
Sunday 23 June 2019 - ONE aria of own choice.

* Semi-Final
Sunday 7 July 2019 - The two remaining arias

* Final
Sunday 4 August 2019, The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood - two arias from the three previously sung.

Finalists will perform two arias - both with piano accompaniment. One before interval and one after interval.

IMPORTANT: Entrants electing to participate in the heats via audio recording are required to submit a recording of a performance made in 2019 in MP3 format. Those found in breach of this will be disqualified and possibly banned from entering this event in future years. 
Email: operascholarship@sydneyeisteddfod.com.au if you have any questions relating to this audition method.


1. Previous winners not eligible.
2. Event is open to any singer who is a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand.
3. Semi-Finalists will be required to produce proof of age and residency before they are allowed to compete (e.g. birth certificate or an Australian or New Zealand passport or a permanent resident stamp. A driver's licence is not acceptable).
4. REPERTOIRE: Arias may be chosen from the entire range of the operatic literature as currently performed in major opera houses around the world, including Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Verismo, Modern, Opera Comique and Operetta.
5. Arias are to be no longer than ten (10) minutes each including recitative (if any). Cuts may be made if necessary. Long instrumental preludes or interludes should be curtailed.
6. All arias must be sung in the original key and language set by the composer, performed from memory with piano accompaniment.
7. The title of ALL THREE ARIAS and a 200 word biography in paragraph format (as a Word file, not printed) MUST BE EMAILED to: operascholarship@sydneyeisteddfod.com.au NO LATER THAN Monday 3 June 2019 or entry may be forfeited. No changes to the nominated arias will be allowed within the fortnight before the commencement of the heats.
8. All of the arias may be repeated ONCE in other events (see Item 7 under the Classical Singing Category Rules & Conditions).
9. One copy only of each aria must be supplied for the adjudicators at the Heat and Semi-Final. No music required at the Final.
10. Adjudicators' reports will be written for the preliminary heats only. No marks will be given on these reports.
11. Singers chosen for the Semi-Final will be announced no later than Tuesday 25 June 2019. EIGHT FINALISTS AND TWO RESERVE FINALISTS will be selected for the Final.
12. ACCOMPANIST: No Official Accompanist provided for the Heats, Semi-Final or Final. Finalists will be required to bring their accompanist for both their arias.
13. COMPULSORY Rehearsal: Finalists must be available for a rehearsal with their private accompanist on the day of the Final. Times to be decided later.
14. It is compulsory for Finalists and the Reserve Finalists to be present at the conclusion of the Semi-Final for interviews with the adjudicators, have photographs taken and be informed about the proceedings for the Final.
15. The awarding of the Scholarship is at the absolute discretion of the adjudicators, and is given on the understanding that the Winner will undertake overseas study for the operatic stage, including vocal tuition/coaching, languages and stagecraft.
16. The Winner is required to submit a detailed plan of study to Sydney Eisteddfod, after which payment of the Scholarship will be made progressively upon production of written reports from the teacher or institution. The Scholarship must be taken up within two years from the date of winning, and completed within one year thereafter or be forfeited.
17. The Winner and Finalists must be reasonably available for media interviews and to perform without fee in future Showcase performances nominated by and in the interest of Sydney Eisteddfod.

Total Prize Value Exceeds $61,000

Sydney Eisteddfod John Lamble Foundation Winner Scholarship:
Total Prize value exceeds $43,000:
$3,000 cash plus a $37,000 Scholarship and a return economy airfare (up to the value of $3,000) to undertake overseas study for the operatic stage, including vocal tuition/coaching, languages and stagecraft.
Opportunity to attend rehearsals at Opera Australia in Melbourne or Sydney and observe an opera throughout the stages of its production.

2nd Scholarship:
$10,000 ($2,000 cash plus a $8,000 Scholarship paid in two equal instalments). Sponsored by The Sydney Savage Club, Margaret Moore, Arete Zantiotis and John Germain Memorial Funds. 

3rd Prize:
$5,000. Sponsored anonymously.

$1,000 each (excluding place-getters). Sponsored by Douglas Sutherland AM; Michael Taylor & from the Leslie Andrews Memorial Awards.

Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, in consultation with their Artistic Director Dr Nicholas Milton AM or a representative, may offer one of the finalists a professional engagement with the WSO in the next two years, subject to availability and suitability with the WSO's concert programming.

Two Finalists will be invited to compete in the "2019 Fine Music Young Virtuoso Award Final (Sunday 13 October at The Founders Studio, Fine Music 102.5)". Please refer to the conditions box below for more information.

  • General Rules & Conditions of Entry
  • Classical Singing Category Rules & Conditions
  • Eisteddfod Accompanists
  • 2019 Fine Music Young Virtuoso State Final- Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship
  • Event 1 Checklist

Levels in this Event

Audio Recording Submission (Deadline) 3/6/19  
Heats - Audio Recordings (Closed to the Public) 23/6/19 Shore School - Smith Auditorium
Heats - Live Performances 23/6/19 Shore School - Smith Auditorium
Semi-Finals 7/7/19 Shore School - Smith Auditorium
Final 4/8/19 - 2:30pm The Concourse - Concert Hall

Winner ~ 56 Cleo Lee-McGowan (Northcote, VIC)
2nd ~ 50 Juliette Di Bello (Sydney)
3rd + Fine Music Young Virtuoso State Award Finalist ~ 6 Michelle Ryan (Bondi)

Finalist + Fine Music Young Virtuoso State Award Finalist ~ 45 Anna Stephens (Ashfield)
Finalist ~ 5 Olivia Cranwell (Ashfield)
Finalist ~ 10 Kirsten Jones (Towradgi)
Finalist ~ 31 Panayiota Kalatzis (Sydney)
Finalist ~ 57 Bronwyn Douglass (Botany)

Reserve Finalist 1 ~ 59 Chelsea Burns (South Guildford, WA)
Reserve Finalist 2 ~ 52 Ashlyn Tymms (Paddington)

S/F ~ 9 Imogen-Faith Malfitano (Sydney)
S/F ~ 11 Morgan England-Jones (Lawnton, QLD)
S/F ~ 17 Samanta Lestavel (Sydney)
S/F ~ 23 Raphael Wong (Canterbury, VIC)
S/F ~ 25 Cassandra Wright (Brisbane, QLD)
S/F ~ 28 Pamela Andrews (Pyrmont)
S/F ~ 33 Samson Setu (Auckland, NZ)
S/F ~ 39 Tessa Hayward (Waterloo)

These results are believed to be correct at the time of posting. Any error or omission is regretted. Circumstances may require alteration to this list without notice.