Mezzo soprano Jade Moffat, has been awarded the 2013 Marianne Mathy Scholarship (‘The Mathy’).
The 23 year old from Queensland performed with the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Legge, competing with Hannah Dahlenburg, Alexander Knight, Edward Laurenson and Danita Weatherstone before adjudicators Conal Coad, Peter Czornyj, Michael Halliwell and Ian McCahon.
Soprano Lorina Gore and tenor Jaewoo Kim performed as guest artistes.
Jade graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 2012 and joined Opera Queensland as a Developing Artist, where she further developed her repertoire, technique, stagecraft, movement and language. Her recent performances include the role of Tisbe in Cinderella and Mrs Nolan in The Medium, which took place at the International Arts Institute in Israel. Recently she has also performed as an alto soloist in a number of oratorios at various engagements. She plans to travel to the UK later this year to seek admission to post-graduate courses in 2014.
Jade joins a glittering array of singers who have won the award in previous years, amongst them Rachelle Durkin, Stuart Skelton, Paul Whelan, Amelia Farrugia and Jessica Pratt.