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Regional Student Scholarship

Calling the next generation of opera stars

At Opera Australia, we are encouraging senior secondary students across regional Australia to dream big. 

Hand in hand with The Marriage of Figaro Children’s Chorus, in 2016 we will again be including the Regional Student Scholarship. This program is offered to all regional tour presenters at no additional fee.

Ten lucky students from each community will have the opportunity to take an individual audition with an Opera Australia appointed Chorus Master. 

The successful four students for 2016 will receive a Scholarship prize, consisting of:
  • Music, acting and movement workshops with industry leaders
  • Vocal coaching with Opera Australia’s experienced coaches and repetiteurs
  • Tickets to see an Opera Australia performance at the Sydney Opera House
  • An exclusive behind the scenes tour of The Opera Centre Sydney (where all the magic happens!) and the iconic Sydney Opera House
  • The chance to perform an aria for Opera Australia’s Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini, at the end of their week’s scholarship
  • Support from the Opera Australia team whilst they are in Sydney

Additionally, they will receive:

  • 2 x return flights from their nearest regional centre to Sydney (for recipient and guardian)
  • 5 nights of accommodation in a serviced apartment in Sydney for two
  • A meal allowance for each night in line with industry standard
Opportunity for students no matter where you live

Living in regional Australia will no longer be a barrier for students to be able to access and enjoy one of the most beautiful and expressive of art forms. 

Opera has the power to move, to change lives, to touch something great in us all, and make us recognise in ourselves what it is to be human. The experiences of watching and participating in live performance are unique and unforgettable, and should be available to all.

We are thrilled to be offering this opportunity to students all across the country again in 2016 as part of the touring production of The Marriage of Figaro.

Opera Australia will collaborate with the local presenters at each step of this process with its team of experienced touring coordinators and management, who are assisted by the wider resources and operational expertise of the company.

Please note that the Scholarship will be run concurrently with the Children’s Chorus and thus will only be available for presenters that elect to participate in both programs.


CONTACT

For more information, contact 
touring@opera.org.au
 

The recipients of the 2015 Regional Student Scholarship spend a week in Sydney with Opera Australia
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The recipients of the 2015 Regional Student Scholarship spend a week (...)

 

2016 Regional Student Scholarship recipients

Nina Wildman

Nina Wildman

Year level: 12

Nina has been singing since the age of five, and is currently studying with Professor Janet Delpratt. She has performed in her school's production of Annie as Grace, and has been part of the Opera Queensland chorus for Die Fledermaus in 2015 and La Bohème in 2014.

She hopes to study classical performance at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and would like to further her studies overseas while performing.

Ruth Burke

Ruth Burke

Year level: 10

Ruth has had singing lessons since 2008, and is AMEB Grade 4. She is a current member of her school Chamber Choir, and took part in the Gondwana National Choral School in 2015.

After completing high school Ruth would like to study classical performance at the Sydney Conservatorium and travel to Germany to continue her German studies.

Gabriella Sabbdin

Gabriella Sabbadin

Year level: 12

Gabriella has been performing for many years, playing Penny Pingleton in her high school production of Hairspray in 2013, participating in the Cairns State High School choir from 2011–2015 as well as the Cairns Young Voices from 2012–2013.

Gabriella has achieved AMEB Grade 6, and hopes to become a full time performer in a variety of musical genres

Peter Webb

Peter Webb

Year level: 11

Peter is  a member of the Toowoomba Choral Society Youth Choir, and has performed many roles with them since 2009. He is looking forward to seeing the Sydney Opera House for the first time, and to see what goes on in creating Opera Australia’s performances.

Peter’s musical inspirations include Victor Borge, Andre Rieu, and most musical comedy.


2015 Regional Student Scholarship recipients

Katherine Allen

Katherine Allen

Year level: 11

Katherine has been singing for eight years, and recently placed two 1st, two 2nd and two 3rd places at the Sydney Eisteddfod in the vocal sections; and later this month will be competing for the Joan Sutherland Vocal Scholarship.

Katherine’s future ambitions are to complete a Bachelor of Music, and her Masters in Opera, with the goal of becoming an artist with OA and develop an international career

Anastasia Gall

Anastasia Gall

Year level: 10

Anastasia is the youngest member to have been accepted into the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus (in 2013). She has completed her AMEB Grade 8 singing exams with honours and is preparing for her A. Mus exam. In 2008 she joined the Bel Canto young artists. She is studying at The Friends’ School under a music scholarship covering years 7–12.

Anastasia hopes to complete her undergraduate degree at The Sydney Conservatorium, and post graduate course at the Opera School or overseas. She hopes to forge a career in opera.

Chloe Robbins

Chloe Robbins

Year level: 12

With twelve years of singing experience, Chloe has performed with the Vienna Boys Choir, and with her schools senior chamber choir. She has sung in the chorus for Melbourne Opera’s production of La Bohème. She has played lead roles in All Shook Up, The King & I, Mary Poppins, Singing in the Rain and Grease.

Chloe would like to study music/opera at university and gain work with a professional company; she is also aiming to perform overseas.

Daniel Ott

Daniel Ott

Year level: 10

Daniel participates in his school choir and vocal group, and has been the lead in the school musical. Outside of school he has performed with the Hunter Kids Sing Choir, Diosounds as a soloist for four years and soloist with Aspire. He is currently completing his Grade 6 AMEB exams.

Daniel would like to become a respected opera singer, and dreams of having a career ‘doing what he loves’.