The Sydney Opera House Opera Award, enabled by The Phillip and Myrtle Foster Memorial Award and The Joy Lindsay and Valerie North Opera Award, enables exceptional emerging Australian singers to benefit from exposure to and mentoring by world-renowned artists.
The 2015 Sydney Opera House Opera Award
On 29 August 2015, ahead of her first performance in the Concert Hall in a decade, acclaimed opera soprano Renée Fleming gave a masterclass to three rising opera students from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in the Utzon Room.
The 2014 Sydney Opera House Opera Award
The 2014 Masterclass was led by esteemed Australian soprano Lisa Gasteen AO for four students and recent graduates of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
The Sydney Opera House Opera Award
The Sydney Opera House Opera 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. 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.
First awarded in 1989, The Phillip & Myrtle Foster Memorial Award recipients were selected by the adjudication panel of The Mathy & Opera Awards within the Australian Singing Competition (ASC). From 2003-2011, the recipient was selected by audience vote during the Finals Concert of the ASC Mathy Award.
In 2012, the masterclass was conducted by acclaimed American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and her accompanist Malcolm Martineau. 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.
The 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.