Opera Awards - The Awards

The Awards


A long and respected history supporting Australian talent

The Opera Awards (Australia) feature some of the most respected and longest-running awards and opportunities available to professional Australian opera singers.

The main emphasis of the awards is to enable recipients to pursue overseas study and to assist in the further development of language, voice and music skills in the context of the global operatic and classical singing industry. 

In recent years, the Opera Awards has featured the YMF Australia Award and 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 and be interviewed about their proposed singing activities and/or study plan.

1977: The beginnings

The inaugural Armstrong-Martin Scholarship was awarded in 1977.

Originally administered by the New South Wales Friends of the Australian Opera (now Opera Australia) and the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, it was established to award a major cash prize to professional opera singers to study grand opera overseas.

1986: Becomes part of the Australian Singing Competition

In 1986 Music & Opera Singers Trust (MOST®) was appointed to manage the Armstrong-Martin Scholarship; the Armstrong-Martin became a major prize within the opera and classical section of the Australian Singing Competition (ASC), aimed at developing the career paths of young opera and classical singers.

1987: First awarded to a professional singer

In 1987 the Opera Awards was separated within the ASC, so that the Armstrong-Martin Scholarship was presented as the major prize to a professional opera singer while the Marianne Mathy Scholarship ('The Mathy') was awarded to a young opera or classical singers under the age of 26.

2001: Opera Awards (Australia)

From 2001 the Opera Awards was held as a competition in its own right, with the Armstrong-Martin Scholarship featured as a major award.

2007: YMF Australia

Since 2007 the YMF Australia Award is the major prize of the Opera Awards. The YMF Australia Award is made possible by the generosity of Dr Di Bresciani OAM and the Board of YMF Australia.


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I applaud all
that the Opera Awards (Australia) and its administrator Music & Opera Singers Trust Limited (MOST®) are achieving to encourage and expand opportunities for the growth of young Australian musicians who have the potential for stellar professional careers.

Dr Di Bresciani OAM
YMF Australia



2017 winner
Adrian Tamburini 



2012 Opera Awards Recipient - Nicole Car, Soprano

2012 Recipient, Nicole Car

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.


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