Opera Awards - Prizes & Opportunities

2017 Prizes & Opportunities

An emphasis on overseas study

At the discretion of the judging panel, the winner of the 2017 Opera Awards will receive:

The YMF Australia Award 

The YMF Australia Award consists of $30,000 presented by Youth Music Foundation of Australia Incorporated. A condition of the 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.

The winner must be available to perform at a mutually convenient time, in 2 recitals for the sponsor in Melbourne. The winner will also be invited to sing at the IFAC Australian Singing Competition’s Finals Concert - on Saturday 15 July 2017 in Sydney.

The Foundation will require a written report of study undertaken and the benefits derived. ymfaustralia.com

The winner of the YMF Australia Award will also receive:

Armstrong-Martin Scholarship - $4,500 presented by the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust for overseas study

At the discretion of the judging panel the following additional prizes will also be awarded to any entrant:

Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme
An opportunity to participate in the Strauss Lieder & Arias course with Angelika Kirchschlager and Malcolm Martineau in the UK (4-9 Sep 2017). If selected the recipient will receive a scholarship to cover the fees for the course, accommodation, lunches on teaching days and a contribution to their flight costs. Each course ends with a public recital.  aldeburgh.co.uk 

Glyndebourne Festival Prize
An opportunity to attend staged rehearsals and audition for the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival. The recipient will need to budget for his/her own travel and living expenses and will be entitled to receive “company" benefits and support while at Glyndebournen glyndebourne.com 

4MBS Classic FM Award
A performance in the annual 4MBS Festival of Classics. Only available for a Queensland singer. 4mbs.com.au

The recipients of any Scholarships and Prizes are reminded that the cash component is a form of income. Any enquiries regarding tax should be referred to the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation, an accountant or a registered tax consultant. The Opera Awards act as the Co-Ordinator of the above prizes and opportunities and cannot accept responsibility if a provider is unable to fulfil its obligations in any form. The Opera Awards take no responsibility for the acceptance of scholarships, which involve overseas travel. This decision is taken solely at the discretion of the recipient. Recipients are advised to check the current status of the country in question with the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs at the time of travel.

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Adrian Tamburini  
2017 Recipient

The Opera Awards consists of cash prizes and career opportunities designed to assist recipients further their studies or careers overseas. These include some of the most prestigious and recognised awards in the Australian operatic and classical singing community.

Bass baritone Adrian Tamburini was the recipient of the 2017 Opera Awrds which consisted of the following awards, scholarships, prizes and opportunities:

YMF Australia Award presented by YMF Australia

Armstrong-Martin Scholarship presented by the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust



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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