Monthly Archives: May 2017

Congratulations to our scholars and alumni!

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Our talented scholars and alumni are always pursuing excellence in their craft, so we are delighted to report some exciting results from the competition and scholarship circuits: FIONA JOPSON has been announced winner of the 2017 Vienna State Opera Award

La Bohème ‘sparkles’ for De Bortoli

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At the beginning of April, our friends at De Bortoli Wines launched a new addition to their La Boheme range, a cuvée blanc NV. Melba Opera Trust was pleased to feature the new release at our Sydney 'Meet the Scholars'

A Sydney ‘debut’ for the Mentor Program

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Our second Mentor Block this year was held for the first time in Sydney, much to the delight of our Sydney-based scholars: "It was really great to stay at my own house during a Mentor Block - I didn't have

Making Mentoring Possible: the Reilly & Logie-Smith Mentor Endowment

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If we continue the adage, it can be said that our village chief for over a decade has been Rob Logie-Smith AM, recently retired Chair.  As Melba Opera Trust prepared to farewell Rob late last year, fellow Director Peter Reilly

Lauren Fagan performs at the International Opera Awards

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Alumna soprano, Lauren Fagan, took centre stage at the recent International Opera Awards performing Mimi's aria from Act 1 of La boheme in recognition of legendary Italian soprano and director, Renata Scotto's Lifetime Achievement Award, which was awarded on the

Have your very own ‘Nights at the Opera’

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Following the success of Nellie In Her Own Write, Melba Opera Trust once again approached eminent Australian pianist (and writer extraordinaire) Stephen McIntyre to create an enjoyable and informative musical program. While Nellie In Her Own Write highlighted some of the best and lesser-known

Update: on a stage near you!

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Melba Opera Trust scholars and alumni continue to make waves internationally. From local opera houses here in Australia to roles in touring productions across Europe, if you're planning a trip, chances are you'll catch one of our own on a

Welcome Home, Morgan!

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Alumna Morgan Balfour has spent the past nine months in San Francisco studying at the Conservatory of Music. Morgan will join Daniel Carison and Matthew Reardon in Nights at the Opera on the 18th of July at Melbourne Recital Centre.

A triple bill launch

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In mid-February, we celebrated the first of three ‘Meet the Scholars’ occasions: a soirée in Dame Nellie Melba’s own music room at Coombe Cottage in Victoria's Yarra Valley. Below: scholars Zoe Drummond, Bronwyn Douglass and Daniel Carison joined together in

Best of the best from ‘the Big Apple’

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Neil Semer is recognised internationally as a vocal specialist. Although his studio is based in New York, he has worked in Toronto, London, Paris, Copenhagen and throughout Germany. Neil specialises in classical  and music theatre, and you will hear his students performing