Antipodes Tour 2015: Australia

Production photo from Antipodes Tour 2015: Australia

5th Season in Australia

  • Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust Mentor Program: Melbourne
  • Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Victoria University: Melbourne
  • Victorian Opera Young Artist Program: Melbourne
  • David Butler Voice Studio: Melbourne
  • Showcase Performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium
  • Opera and Arts Support Group: Sydney
  • Pacific Opera Young Artist Program: Sydney
  • Rowena Cowley’s Voice Studio: Sydney

Our scholars were extremely fortunate to work with three leading industry professionals – celebrated soprano Yvonne Kenny AM, international opera director and movement coach Chuck Hudson and the talented mezzo-soprano Deborah Humble. The program involved a week intensive program with Chuck Hudson working on aria interpretation and acting. –Melba Trust Newsletter, No. 11

After working their Arias with Chuck Hudson the following Australian singers won various awards and competitions: Morgan Balfour was a Finalist and 3rd Place Winner of the Bel Canto Award and won a Scholarship to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Soprano Sarah Wang won a scholarship to the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music; Jeremy Kleeman advanced as a Finalist in the Australian Singing Competition 2015 (winning the Merenda Prize, the Bel Canto Voice Program Scholarship, and the Christine Leaves Award); Kate Amos, Nathan Lay, Matthew Tng advanced to the Semi-Finals of the Herald Sun Aria Competition and Nathan Lay advanced again to the Finals; Laura Scandizzo won the German Singing prize in the Sydney Eisteddfod; Pamela Andrews and Rhian Saunders won multiple awards and prizes at the Orange Eisteddford; Elizabeth Lewis was a finalist in the Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship and a semi-finalist in the German-Australian Opera Grant. She went on to win First Place for the Opera Foundation Australia Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship.

They chose Porgi amor as the panel choice so I “Chucked it” like nobody’s business. Thank you so much for your help. The prize means I will go to New York for 6 weeks to work with coaches and teachers. I would love to work with you when I am there if you are available. –Libby Lewis, Soprano (Melbourne, Australia)

Additionally, American Soprano Julie Adams (San Francisco Opera MEROLA and ADLER PROGRAMS) won First Place at the 2015 Elizabeth Connell Prize International Singing Competition in Sydney.