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The Sydney Opera House Opera Award

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The Sydney Opera House Opera Award 2014
In 2014, the Sydney Opera House Opera Award will be held on Monday 1 December 2014, in the form of a masterclass for five students from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, led by the esteemed Lisa Gasteen AO. For information, please contact philanthropy@sydneyoperahouse.com.

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
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 2015 Sydney Opera House Opera Award
In 2015, the Sydney Opera House Opera Award will be conducted again as a masterclass at the Opera House for selected participants. Details of the masterclass will be posted on this page in the first half of 2015.

Eligibility
The Sydney Opera House Opera Award is open to Australian opera singers. Candidates for the masterclass are selected from across Australia, chosen for their experience and promise. Details of the selection process for the 2015 masterclass will be posted on this page in the first half of 2015.

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

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