1: Sydney Eisteddfod OPERA SCHOLARSHIP (36 & Under)

Venue: The Concourse - Concert Hall, Chatswood

Event Ages: 36 and under

Event Type: Solo

Sponsored by
The John Lamble Foundation, Sydney Savage Club, Michael Taylor, The Estate of the Late Mr Leslie Andrews, The Estate of the late Paula Mary Clarkstone & a Donor through Sydney Eisteddfod

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.
- By VIDEO Recording (Submission Date: 21st May 2021): without edit ONE aria of own choice;
- By Live Performance (6th June 2021): ONE aria of own choice
Semi-Final: The two remaining arias in a live performance
Final: The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood - two arias from the three previously sung, in a live performance.

Final will be recorded by Fine Music.

Entrants MUST EMAIL: operascholarship@sydneyeisteddfod.com.au NO LATER THAN Friday 21 May 2021, the following details or entry may be forfeited:
(a) Title of ALL THREE ARIAS
(b) A 200 word biography in paragraph format (as a Word file, not printed). This biography will be given to the judges at the Semi-Final stage and should contain information of your current & proposed studies, especially should you win this Scholarship.
(c) Your preferred COLOUR publicity picture (if you have one) as a JPEG file - in HIGH RESOLUTION
(d) VIDEO recording

IMPORTANT: Entrants electing to participate in the heats via VIDEO recording are required to submit a recording of a performance made in 2021 (without edit). 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 AND TO SEND ALL INFORMATION FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP.

No Official Accompanist provided for the Heats, 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 Willoughby Symphony Orchestra.

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.
SPECIAL NOTE: Dr Nicholas Milton AM, Conductor of the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra will choose ANY ONE of the THREE arias for the orchestral accompaniment at the Final. The finalists will not have that choice. Singers 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.
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. All of the arias may be repeated ONCE in other events (see Item 7 under the Classical Singing Category Rules & Conditions).
8. One copy only of each aria must be supplied for the adjudicators at the Heat and Semi-Final. No music required at the 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 Semi-Final will be announced no later than TBC. EIGHT FINALISTS AND TWO RESERVE FINALISTS will be selected for the Final.
11. ACCOMPANIST: No Official Accompanist provided for the Heats, 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 Willoughby Symphony Orchestra.
12. COMPULSORY Rehearsals: Finalists must be available for:
* Orchestral rehearsals on Saturday 7 August 2021
* Compulsory piano/orchestral rehearsal (with their private accompanists and the conductor) on the day of the Final - Sunday 8 August 2021 viz:
- Piano Rehearsal with private accompanist: TBC
- Orchestral Rehearsal: 12:30pm-3:30pm
13. 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.
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 $63,000

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 Sydney Savage Club, Margaret Moore, Arete Zantiotis and John Germain Memorial Funds.

3rd Prize: $5,000. Sponsored through Sydney Eisteddfod.

Finalists: $1,000 each (excluding place-getters). Sponsored by Michael Taylor, The Estate of the late miss Paula Clarkstone OAM, The Leslie Andrews Memorial Awards & through Sydney Eisteddfod.

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 also be invited to compete in the '2021 Fine Music Young Virtuoso Award Final (Date TBC) at The Founders Studio, Fine Music Sydney)'. Please refer to the conditions below for more information.

  • Classical Singing Category Rules & Conditions
  • General Rules & Conditions of Entry
  • Eisteddfod Accompanists
  • 2021 Fine Music Young Virtuoso State Final - Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship
  • Video Submission Guidelines - Scholarships

Levels in this Event

Video Recording Submission Date 21/5/21  
Heats - Live Performance 6/6/21 The Sydney Opera Centre - Philip Bacon Studio
Heats - Video Recordings (Closed to Public) 6/6/21  
Semi Final (Postponed) The Sydney Opera Centre - Philip Bacon Studio
The Concourse - Concert Hall, Chatswood


2 ~
Joshua Oxley (Lane Cove, NSW)
10 ~ Raphael Hudson (Sydney, NSW)
17 ~ Alla Yarosh (Edens Landing, QLD)
18 ~ Ruth Blythman (St Kilda East, VIC)
19 ~ Olivia Oxley (Lane Cove North, NSW)
20 ~ Tessa Hayward (Waterloo, NSW)
24 ~ Teresa Ingrilli (Alphington, VIC)
26 ~ Amelia Wawrzon (Moonee Ponds, VIC)
27 ~ Kirsten Jones (Towradgi, NSW)
29 ~ Clare Hood (Auckland, New Zealand)
30 ~ Rebecca O'Hanlon (Lilyfield, NSW)
31 ~ Sam Elmi (Newcastle, NSW)
32 ~ Esther Counsel (Footscray, VIC)
44 ~ Lana Kains (Petersham, NSW)
45 ~ Imogen-Faith Malfitano (Sydney, NSW)
46 ~ Katherine Allen (Annandale, NSW)
49 ~ Sarah Dockrill (Camperdown, NSW)
52 ~ James Olds (Neutral Bay, NSW)
59 ~ Jeremy Boulton (Wollongong, NSW)

Without a clear path out of lockdown it has been extremely difficult to rebook venues and to re-engage the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra to accompany the Finalists during this time.

Sydney Eisteddfod waited as late as possible to see if we could make this Scholarship work for 2021, however it has now reached a stage where we need to assess alternative ways that can bring closure to this Scholarship.

The Sydney Eisteddfod Board have therefore decided to offer each of the 19 Semi-Finalists a Cash Prize of $500 and to close the Scholarship for this year.

We believe this is the best way forward to still be able to reward all the hard work and practice our talented singers have put into their performances.