Soprano Isabella Moore, 23, from New Zealand was awarded the Marianne Mathy Scholarship for 2014, awarded by the IFAC Australian Singing Competition.
Performing with the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra conducted by Maestro Johannes Fritzsch and competing with four other sopranos in the finals of the competition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music last weekend, Isabella won the scholarship worth $30,000. Her swag of prizes included the chance to audition for Lyric Opera of Chicago’s professional artist development program, a professionally produced resume by Editorial Resources, portfolio of photographs courtesy of Lightbox Photography, Fine Music 102.5 recording engagement, Faye Franco Prize including web design and content consultation, Lili Usher Portrait Prize, a studio broadcast engagement for transmission on ABC Classic FM and a limited edition sculpture by Drago Cherina.
The Guildhall School of Music & Drama Award that provides a scholarship for one year’s study at the College plus $5,000 was won by 24-year-old Corinne Cowling. The Audience Prize worth $500 was also awarded to Isabella Moore. The Royal Over-Seas League Music Bursary which includes return flights to the UK, accommodation and hospitality in London as well as performance opportunities was won by 24-year-old soprano Kate Amos.
The Mozart Opera Institute Award which provides fees for one year’s study in Salzburg in the Post Diploma Opera Course and $3,000 was won by 24 year Anna Voshege.
The Nelly Apt Scholarship with air fares, living expenses and fees for the Israel Vocal Arts Institute program in Tel Aviv was awarded to Samantha Clarke.
The adjudication panel for the finals was chaired by national adjudicator Jeffry Black and included Conal Coad, Michael Halliwell, Emma Matthews and Benjamin Schwartz.Previous winners have progressed to substantial careers both in Australia and around the world, and include Stuart Skelton, Rachelle Durkin, Amelia Farrugia and Paul Whelan.