The Opera Awards is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2014 Opera Awards is tenor Jonathan Abernethy. Jonathan was selected by an eminent judging panel comprising musician and artist Dr. Di Bresciani OAM, legendary bass Conal Coad, celebrated soprano Rachelle Durkin and maestro Gregory Hocking.
Jonathan receives the Youth Music Foundation of Australia Award of $30,000, the Armstrong-Martin Scholarship of $4,500 and entry to the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme which gives artists the opportunity to participate in a high-calibre international masterclass course or opera production led by eminent musicians in the UK.
The Opera Awards (Australia) is open to professional Australian opera singers wishing to further their studies or careers overseas.
The Awards feature some of the most respected awards and opportunities available to opera singers, including the YMF Australia Award and the Armstrong-Martin Scholarship.
Entrants must have performed at least two principal roles with a recognised professional opera company in the two years prior to judging.
There is no age limit.
An adjudication panel determines the winner at a private session, where each entrant is required to perform be interviewed about their proposed singing activities and/or study plan.
One of Australia's most outstanding young sopranos, Nicole was selected by an eminent judging panel comprising Brian Castles-Onion, Amelia Farrugia, Michael Lewis and Dr Di Bresciani. Find out more on our YouTube channel by clicking on the link below.