1: Sydney Eisteddfod OPERA SCHOLARSHIP (35 & Under)

FINAL Sunday 16 July 2:30pm

Venue: The Concourse - Concert Hall

Event Ages: 35 and under

Event Type: Solo

Sponsored by
Elizabeth Todd OAM & Paula Clarkstone OAM, Douglas Sutherland AM, The John Lamble Foundation, Brian France AM & Phillipa France, Michael Taylor, Sydney Eisteddfod Jubilee Fund

Status: Completed

Entrants must prepare FOUR contrasting arias from FOUR 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 two arias may be from any period.

Note: See Item 4 under the 'Conditions' for this Scholarship.

Arias are to performed as follows, listed with tentative dates:
- By Audio Recording: Submission Date: Monday, May 1 2017 (without edit) - ONE aria of own choice
- by Live Performance: Sunday, May 14 2017- ONE aria of own choice
* Quarter-Final: Saturday, June 10 2017 - A different aria - selected by the adjudicators;
* Semi- Final: Sunday, June 11 2017 - The two remaining arias;
* Final: Sunday, July 16 2017, The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood - Two arias from the four previously sung.

Finalists will perform two arias. Before interval with their chosen accompanist on the piano and after interval with the North Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Steven Hillinger.

ACCOMPANIST: No Official Accompanist provided for the Heats, Quarter-Finals, Semi-Final or Final. Finalists will be required to bring their accompanist for ONE ARIA in the Final. Accompaniment for the other aria will be by the North Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

IMPORTANT: Entrants electing to participate in the heats via audio recording are required to submit a recording of a performance made in 2017. Those found in breach of this will be disqualified and possibly banned from entering this event in future years.

Email: operaticaria@sydneyeisteddfod.com.au if you have any questions relating to this audition method.

1. Event is open to any singer who is a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand. Previous winners not eligible.
2. 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).
3. 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.
SPECIAL NOTE: The conductor will choose ANY ONE of these four arias for the orchestral accompaniment at the Final. The finalists will not have the choice of selecting which aria they wish to sing with the Orchestra, so please choose your four arias carefully. Entrants are encouraged to choose arias from the standard operatic repertoire in order to ensure that orchestral music is available for at least one of their selections. 
4. 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.
5. All arias must be sung in the original key and language set by the composer, performed from memory with piano accompaniment.
6. The title of ALL FOUR ARIAS and a 200 word biography in paragraph format (as a Word file, not printed) MUST BE EMAILED to: operaticaria@sydneyeisteddfod.com.au NO LATER THAN Monday, May 1 2017 or entry may be forfeited. No changes to the nominated arias will be allowed within the fortnight before the commencement of the heats.
7. All of the arias may be repeated ONCE in other events.
8. One copy only of each aria must be supplied for the adjudicators at the Heat, Quarter-Finals and Semi-Final.
9. Adjudicators' reports will be written for the preliminary heats only. No marks will be given on these reports. 
10. Singers chosen for the Quarter-Finals will be announced no later than Tuesday, June 1 2017. Sixteen Semi-Finalists will be chosen from the Quarter-Finals. EIGHT FINALISTS AND TWO RESERVE FINALISTS will be selected for the Final.
11. ACCOMPANIST: No Official Accompanist provided for the Heats, Quarter-Finals, Semi-Final or Final. Finalists will be required to bring their accompanist for ONE ARIA in the Final. Accompaniment for the other aria will be by the North Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
12. COMPULSORY Rehearsals: Finalists must be available for:
* Piano rehearsals (with their private accompanists & the conductor) during the week leading up to the Final.
* Orchestral rehearsals on either; Monday, July 10 or Thursday, July 13 or as decided by the conductor closer to the time.
* Compulsory piano/orchestral rehearsal (with their private accompanists & the conductor) on the day of the Final. Times to be decided later.
13. It is compulsory for 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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 $58,500

Winner: Total Prize exceeds $43,000. Sponsored by Elizabeth Todd OAM, Paula Clarkstone OAM & The John Lamble Foundation.
* $5,000 cash plus a $35,000 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.
* The Winner also receives a photographic portfolio to the value of $100 of performance photos taken during the Festival courtesy of WinkiPoP Media.

2nd Prize: $5,000. Sponsored anonymously.

Audience Vote: $500. Sponsored by Sydney Eisteddfod Jubilee Fund.

Finalists (excluding place-getters): $1,000 each. Sponsored by Douglas Sutherland AM, Brian France AM & Philippa France.

Eight Semi-Finalists (not selected for the Final): $500 each. Sponsored by Michael Taylor and supplemented by Sydney Eisteddfod Jubilee Fund.

Two Finalists, 30 years & under in age, will be invited to compete in the "2017 Fine Music Young Virtuoso State Final (Sunday August 27 at the Fine Music Performance Studio)". Please refer to the condition box below for more information. 

  • General Rules & Conditions of Entry
  • Classical Singing Category Rules & Conditions
  • Eisteddfod Accompanists
  • 2017 Fine Music Young Virtuoso State Final- Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship
  • Event 1 Checklist

Levels in this Event

Heats- Audio Recording Submission (01/05/2017)  
Heats- Audio Recordings (Closed for Public) 14/5/17 Shore School - Smith Auditorium
Heats- Live Performance 14/5/17 Shore School - Smith Auditorium
Quarter-Finals 10/6/17 Shore School - Playfair Hall (BH Travers Centre)
Semi-Final 11/6/17 Shore School - Smith Auditorium
FINAL 16/7/17 - 2:30pm The Concourse - Concert Hall

First Place ~ 54 Boyd Owen (Melbourne, VIC)
2nd+Winner of Audience Vote ~ 5 Jessica Harper (Newtown)
Finalist ~ 3 Amanda Windred (Oxley Vale)
Finalist ~ 14 Zoe Drummond (Homebush)
Finalist ~ 16 Bronwyn Douglass (Voyager Point)
Finalist ~ 17 Danita Weatherstone (Wyee)
Finalist ~ 21 Joelene Griffith (Mount Kuring-Gai)
Finalist ~ 31 Imogen-Faith Malfitano (Wollongong)
S/F ~ 13 Jessie Wilson (Denistone East)
S/F ~ 15 Damian Arnold (Allawah)
S/F ~ 38 Alexandra Ioan** (Richmond, VIC)
S/F ~ 45 Matthew Reardon (Yagoona)
S/F ~ 50 James Olds** (Narrabeen)
S/F ~ 51 Anastasia Bickel** (Holland Park, QLD)
S/F ~ 53 Heather Lupton** (Glenbrook)
S/F ~ 57 Jared Lillehagen (North Curl Curl)
Q/F ~ 4 Morgan Balfour** (Bracken Ridge, QLD)
Q/F ~ 7 Jenna Robertson** (Sydney)
Q/F ~ 19 Livia Brash** (Glebe)
Q/F ~ 24 Pamela Andrews** (Rockdale)
Q/F ~ 26 Esther Yee Eun Song (Croydon Park)
Q/F ~ 29 Daniel Carison** (Melbourne, VIC)
Q/F ~ 30 Christopher Curcuruto** (Leichhardt)
Q/F ~ 33 Joseph Raso** (Casula)
Q/F ~ 35 Anna Stephens** (Kenmore, QLD)
Q/F ~ 36 Joshua Oxley (Lane Cove)
Q/F ~ 41 Jessica Westcott (Leichhardt)
Q/F ~ 47 Raphael Hudson** (Chatswood)
Q/F ~ 49 Daniel Macey (Blakehurst)
Q/F ~ 52 Joshua Salter (Glebe)
Q/F ~ 56 Stephanie Gibson (Pyrmont)

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.

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