2017 Winner: Adrian Tamburini

Bass baritone
New South Wales

The 2017 Opera Awards took place at the Australian Chamber Orchestra Studios in Sydney on Monday 20th February.

Entrants were auditioned and interviewed by a distinguished panel of adjudicators comprising musician and artist Dr Di Bresciani OAM; tenor Anson Austin OAM; soprano Cheryl Barker AO; and maestro Simon Kenway.

Following a long day of auditions and discussion, the panel announced NSW bass baritone Adrian Tamburini as the winner of the 2017 Opera Awards. Adrian was awarded the YMFAustralia Award of $30,000 and the Armstrong-Martin Scholarship of $4,500.

 

Adjudicators were impressed by the high standard overall, and the exceptional technical ability and maturity displayed by all the competitors.

The high standard meant that a number of prizes and opportunities were awarded to other Finalists.

NSW mezzo soprano Anna Dowsley was awarded the Britten-Pears Prize: an opportunity to participate in the Strauss Lieder & Arias course with Angelika Kirchschlager and Malcolm Martineau in the UK as well as a scholarship to cover the fees for the course, accommodation, lunches on teaching days and a contribution towards her airfare.
Queensland soprano, Eva Kong, received the 4MBS Classic FM Award: an opportunity to perform in the annual 4MBS Festival of Classics Australia’s largest classical music festival. Orchestras, choirs, ensembles and soloists from south-east Queensland perform concerts centred around a theme.
The Festival features 20-30 concerts in 10-15 venues, predominantly in Brisbane.
Andrew Moran, a baritone from NSW, won the Glyndebourne Festival Prize: an opportunity to audition for the Glyndebourne Festival Opera as well as to attend staged rehearsals.
Glyndebourne Festival Opera is an annual opera festival held at Glyndebourne, an English country house near Lewes, in East Sussex, England.

2017 Prizes





Get to Know Adrian Tamburini
About Adrian

In 2016, Adrian Tamburini sang Pietro (Simon Boccanegra), The Cook (The Love for Three Oranges) and The Maestro (The Eighth Wonder) for Opera Australia and joined the Penrith Symphony Orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem. In 2017, he will sing the title role in the touring production of The Marriage of Figaro for Opera Australia and appears with the national company in Tosca, Carmen, La traviata and La bohème.

A chorister with the Victorian Boys Choir from the age of 5, Adrian Tamburini has always had a passion for music and singing.

At the age of 10, he was awarded a scholarship to sing with the St Patrick`s Cathedral Choir, Melbourne – where he stayed until 1992 as the assistant choir captain under the direction of John Mallinson.

Adrian’s many prizes and scholarship wins have included Robert Salzer Vocal Scholarship, the Lygon Street Festa Aria Competition, the inaugural Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Competition (in 2007), the Lythgo Trust Operatic Aria Award and the Melbourne Welsh Male Voice Choir Singer of the Year Competition. He has been the recipient of the Acclaim Awards Scholarship and was twice a finalist in the German Australian Opera Grant.

He has enjoyed a varied career as an operatic soloist (Opera Australia, Melbourne Opera, West Australian Opera), has appeared on television (Woolworths Carols in the Domain) and has been a musical director and producer. His work, both on and off the stage, has been nominated for awards (Green Room Award nomination) and received critical acclaim.

Recent engagements for Opera Australia have included Alcindoro and Benoit in Gale Edwards’ production of La bohème, Leporello in Don Giovanni– touring throughout Australia, Zuniga in Carmen, Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro, Sciarrone in Tosca and The Speaker in The Magic Flute; he sang Colline for West Australian Opera and also joined an all-star cast in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 for the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra.






Previous Winners

Archives
2014 Winner
Tenor

Jonathan Abernethy

Jonathan Abernethy was the recipient of the following awards, scholarships,
prizes and opportunities presented within the 2014 Opera Awards:

— YMF Australia Award
— Armstrong-Martin Scholarship
— Entry to the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme

2012 Winner
Soprano

Nicole Car

Nicole Car was the recipient of the following awards, scholarships, prizes and opportunities presented within the 2012 Opera Awards:

— Youth Music Foundation Australia Inc Award
(YMFA Award)
— Armstrong-Martin Scholarship
— Haas Foundation Award
— Glyndebourne Festival Prize
— Editorial Resources Prize

2011 Winner
Soprano

Zara Barrett

Zara Barrett was the recipient of the following awards, scholarships, prizes and opportunities presented within the 2011 Opera Awards:

— Youth Music Foundation Australia Inc Award
(YMFA Award)
— Armstrong-Martin Scholarship
— Haas Award
— German Coaching with Elizabeth Whitehouse
— Editorial Resources Prize

2010 Winner
Soprano

Lorina Gore

Lorina Gore was the recipient of the following awards, scholarships, prizes and opportunities presented within the 2010 Opera Awards:

— Youth Music Foundation Australia Inc Award
(YMFA Award)
— Armstrong-Martin Scholarship
— Haas Foundation Award
— Glyndebourne Festival Prize
— Editorial Resources Prize

2009 Winner
Soprano

Emma Pearson

Emma Pearson was the recipient of the following awards, scholarships, prizes and opportunities presented within the 2009 Opera Awards:

— Youth Music Foundation Australia Inc Award
(YMFA Award)
— Armstrong-Martin Scholarship
— Haas Foundation Award
— Editorial Resources Prize

2008 Winner
Bass

Shane Lowrencev

Shane Lowrencev was the recipient of the following awards, scholarships, prizes and opportunities presented within the 2008 Opera Awards:

— Youth Music Foundation Australia Inc Award
(YMFA Award)
— Armstrong-Martin Scholarship
— Haas Foundation Award
— Editorial Resources Prize

2007 Winner
Baritone

James Homann

James Homann was the recipient of the following awards, scholarships, prizes and opportunities presented within the 2007 Opera Awards:

— Youth Music Foundation Australia Inc Award
(YMFA Award)
— Armstrong-Martin Scholarship
— Haas Foundation Award
— Editorial Resources Prize

2006 Winner
Soprano

Amy Wilkinson

Amy Wilkinson was the recipient of the following awards, scholarships, prizes and opportunities presented within the 2006 Opera Awards:

— The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust Opera Award
— Armstrong-Martin Scholarship
— Haas Foundation Award
— 4MBS Classic FM Award
— Editorial Resources Prize

2005 Winner
Soprano

Tamsyn Stock-Stafford

Tamsyn Stock-Stafford was the recipient of the following awards, scholarships, prizes and opportunities presented within the 2005 Opera Awards:

— The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust Opera Award
— Armstrong-Martin Scholarship
— Haas Foundation Award
— Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme
— Glyndebourne Festival Prize
— 4MBS Classic FM Award
— Editorial Resources Prize

2004 Winner
Baritone

José Carbó

José Carbó was the recipient of the following awards, scholarships, prizes and opportunities presented within the 2004 Opera Awards:

— The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust Opera Award
— Armstrong-Martin Scholarship
— Haas Foundation Award
— Glyndebourne Festival Prize
— Editorial Resources Prize
— Complete Accounts Prize

2002 Winner
Soprano

Hyeseoung Kwon

Hyeseoung Kwon was the recipient of the following awards, scholarships, prizes and opportunities presented within the 2002 Opera Awards:

—The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust Opera Award
—The Armstrong-Martin Scholarship
—Phillip & Myrtle Foster Memorial Scholarship
—Editorial Resources Prize

2001 Winner
Soprano

Nicole Youl

Nicole Youl was the recipient of the following awards, scholarships, prizes and opportunities presented within the 2001 Opera Awards:

—The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust Opera Award
—The Armstrong-Martin Scholarship
—Phillip & Myrtle Foster Memorial Scholarship
—Editorial Resources Prize

2000 Winner
Baritone

Han Lim

Han Lim was the recipient of the following awards, scholarships, prizes and opportunities presented within the 2000 Opera Awards:

—The Armstrong-Martin Scholarship
— Handa Opera Scholarship
— Neustein Resume Prize

1999 -1986 Winners

1999 Winner: Adrian McEniery, tenor
1998 Winner: Jamie Allen, tenor
1997 Winner: Donna-Maree Dunlop, soprano
1996 Winner: Amelia Farrugia, soprano
1995 Winner: Ingrid Silvéus, soprano
1994 Winner: Fiona Campbell, soprano
1993 Winner: Douglas McNicol, baritone
1992 Winner: Elisa Wilson, soprano
1990 Winner: Akiko Nakajima, soprano
1991: Not awarded
1989 Winner: Lucas de Jong, baritone
1988 Winner: Stephen Ibbotson, tenor
1987 Winner: Helen Adams, soprano
1986 Winner: Francesco Fabris, baritone