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The Sydney Opera House Opera Award

The Sydney Opera House Opera Award, generously supported by The Phillip and Myrtle Foster Memorial Award and The Joy Lindsay and Valerie North Opera Award, enables exceptional next-generation Australian opera singers to benefit from exposure to and mentoring by world-renowned artists.

The Award is part of the Opera House’s long-standing commitment since 1989 to developing excellence in operatic performers through a series of prizes and masterclasses, made possible by the generosity of two separate donors to the Opera House, the late Colin Foster and the late Joy Lindsay.

Conducted annually by the Opera House, the Award currently enables selected participants to take part in a masterclass at the Opera House with a world-renowned opera artist.

In 2013, the masterclass was led by the celebrated English soprano Susan Bullock OBE, and conducted in conjunction with the Melba Opera Trust, accompanied by Artistic Advisor Sharolyn Kimmorley AM, with Melba Scholars participants Kyla Allan, mezzo-soprano; Emily Edmonds, mezzo-soprano; Panayiota Kalatzis, soprano; Matthew Reardon, tenor; and Brenton Spiteri, tenor.

In 2012, the masterclass was conducted by acclaimed American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and her accompanist Malcolm Martineau.

From 1989 to 2011, the Award operated as an annual prize in conjunction with the Australian Singing Competition, administered by the Music & Opera Singers Trust. Recipients include soprano Jessica Pratt, reviewed recently in the New York Times as “an outstanding Amira, singing with gleaming sound, free and easy high notes, agile coloratura runs and lyrical grace” and Natalie Aroyan, now a member of Opera Australia’s Young Artist program. A full list of prize winners is here.

The Sydney Opera House Opera Award is one of a number of Opera House initiatives to support the development of the next generation of arts professionals. Complementary Opera House initiatives that support the development of arts professionals include the Lloyd Martin Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Arts Leaders and the Multidisciplinary Australian Danish Exchange, or MADE by the Opera House.

The Phillip and Myrtle Foster Memorial Award
First awarded in 1989, the Phillip & Myrtle Foster Award arose from a bequest of the late Colin Foster, an Australian opera lover who lived in New York, and who named the Award in memory of his parents. The capital was given to the Trustees of the Sydney Opera House, with a direction that an award be given to ’a student of opera’.

Lloyd Martin AM, the Opera House’s longest-serving general manager (1978-97), agreed to create a prize to be awarded to either a singer or a repetiteur. "This valuable prize will enhance the prestige of The Mathy & Opera Awards, which since its inception has gained international acclaim for its encouragement of young Australian and New Zealand singers", said Martin.

Between 1989-2002, Phillip & Myrtle Foster Memorial Award recipients were selected by the adjudication panel of The Mathy & Opera Awards, within the Australian Singing Competition (ASC). Since 2003, the recipient has been selected by audience vote during the Finals Concert of the ASC Mathy Award.

The Opera House acknowledges the generosity of the late Colin Foster in establishing The Phillip and Myrtle Foster Memorial Award through a gift in his Will in memory of his parents, Phillip and Myrtle Foster.

The Joy Lindsay and Valerie North Opera Award
The Opera House acknowledges the generosity of the late Joy Lindsay in establishing The Joy Lindsay and Valerie North Opera Award through a gift in her Will in memory of her sister the late Valerie North.

The 2014 Sydney Opera House Opera Award
The 2014 Masterclass, deferred to May 2015, featured four exceptional current students and recent graduates of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and was led in the Utzon Room by the esteemed Lisa Gasteen AO.

The 2015 Sydney Opera House Opera Award
On 29 August 2015, ahead of her first performance in the concert hall in a decade, the international opera star Renée Fleming will guide a small number of rising opera students from the Sydney Conservatorium in a masterclass in the Utzon Room.

Questions
Please contact the Opera House’s Philanthropy Department on 02 9250 7077 or philanthropy@sydneyoperahouse.com.

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