Opera Awards - Rules & Conditions

2014 Rules And Conditions

Competition Process

The Competition

At a private adjudication session an adjudication panel will determine the winner. Each entrant will be required to perform at the discretion of the panel one or all of the four (4) items submitted. Entrants will also be interviewed about their proposal for study/singing activity.

2014 Rules and Conditions


To be eligible for the Opera Awards, a singer must:
(i) be an Australian citizen or resident
(ii) have sung at least 2 principal roles with a recognised professional opera company since January 2012 and provide documentation confirming this.

There is no age limit.


Participants must submit the following with their application:

- A complete and clearly written proposal and evaluation, with detailed budget, of the study/singing activity for which funding is required (noting that the majority of the funds must be used overseas)

- Submit a list of four (4) arias which must be sung in the original language (include at least two different languages)

- A current biography and high-resolution headshot

Entry Process and Competition Dates and Venues

Go to our website operawards.org.au and see the “Enter Now” page for details on how to enter the Competition as well as dates and venues.

Judging will be conducted privately in Melbourne on Thursday 27 November 2014 at Horti Hall, 31 Victoria Street, Melbourne.


Singers must engage their own accompanist.


The adjudication panel will comprise Richard Divall AO OBE (Chair), Dr Di Bresciani OAM, Conal Coad and Rachelle Durkin.

Each singer will be required to perform some or all of the 4 arias submitted. The adjudicators will also interview each singer about their proposal and may request some additional technical/vocal demonstrations. The panel reserves the right not to make the Award.


A legible bound copy of the music is to be provided to the adjudication panel on the day.


Winner of the Opera Awards

The winner is required to give 2 recitals in Melbourne for our principal sponsor YMF Australia at a mutually acceptable time.

The winner will also be invited to perform at the IFAC Australian Singing Competition’s Finals Concert on 3 October 2015 in Sydney with the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra (and if accepted, will also be required to attend the Piano Rehearsal, Sitzprobe, and General Rehearsal).

A condition of the YMFA Award is that it is to be used predominantly for overseas study and that the funds will be distributed in a series of payments over two years.


Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd (MOST) reserves its right to request an audio recording if that is deemed necessary subsequent to closing date.


Rules & Conditions

2014 Rules & Conditions (PDF)

Entry Form

2014 Entry Form (PDF)

Entry Fee
AUD $100

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