A ﬁnalist in the Australian Singing Competition, Damian also won the Wollongong Eisteddfod Aria and Cowra Eisteddfod Aria competitions. In 2015 he debuted with Opera Australia in their adaptation of Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Other roles include Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart in Mozart and Salieri and the Tenor Lover in Il Tabarro. His concert experience includes Handel’s Messiah, Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass, Haydn’s Paukenmesse and Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, Damian most recently performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and attended the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School.
In 2017 Damian will have the opportunity to work with the Meitar Opera Studio in Israel.
Paulette Bisley Opera Scholarship
Ruskin Opera Award
A second-time scholarship recipient, Daniel returns to Melba Opera Trust in 2016. Daniel was a highly engaged artist in 2015 performing in notable productions such as Sweeney Todd for Victoria Opera, Opera Australia’s Don Carlos and was a featured soloist in the world premier of Stefan Cassomenos’ Requiem for the End of Time with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic. Daniel also performed a number of solo recitals including Schubert’s Winterreise and Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel.
In 2014 Daniel completed his studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music under the teaching of Peter Mander and currently holds his Bachelor of Music.
Winner of numerous awards including the 2014 Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria and 2014 3MBS – Fine Music ‘The Talent’ competition, Daniel was awarded an Encouragement Award at the 2015 German-Australian Opera Grant and was a finalist in Melbourne Recital Centre’s Great Romantics Competition.
2016 will see Daniel perform Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and in the ensemble of Lucia di Lammermoor for Victorian Opera.
Bronwyn is the current recipient of the Amelia Joscelyne Memorial Scholarship with the Melba Opera Trust. She graduated with a Masters in Operatic Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium Grifﬁth University in 2014, also receiving an award for academic excellence and the Wagner Society in Queensland Encouragement Award. She attended the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School from 2013-2015 and the Mediterranean Opera Summer Program held in Caltagirone, Sicily in 2014. Bronwyn has received many awards, grants and scholarships.
In 2016 alone she was awarded the 3rd place DECCA Award in the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award, 2nd place in the Opera and Arts Support Group Vocal Scholarship and was a ﬁnalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship and the Herald Sun Aria. In 2015 she was the winner of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria and the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition. Bronwyn has performed the roles of Olga in Eugene Onegin for Co-Opera (2016), Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterﬂy for Opera Projects, Sydney (2016), Flora in Verdi’s La Traviata for Opera New England (2016); Nadezhda von Meck in Sean Ross’ new opera Tchaikovsky, Angel of Music (2015), Miss Baggot in Benjamin Britten’s The Little Sweep for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (2015); and Second Witch in Dido and Aeneas for the Brisbane Baroque Festival (2015).
In 2015 Bronwyn performed as a soloist with Queensland Symphony Orchestra in The Messiah and in their Music on Sunday’s Series. She looks forward to performing Handel’s Masterpiece again this year with Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic. Bronwyn is looking forward to many exciting performances in 2017. For more information on Bronwyn’s upcoming performances please visit www.bronwyndouglass.com
Dame Nellie Melba Opera Scholarship
Patrick & Vivian Gordon Award
Soprano Zoe Drummond is the proud recipient of the 2016 Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship and Patrick & Vivian Gordon Award with Melba Opera Trust. In 2015 Zoe was granted the Trusts RJ Hamer Opera Scholarship and The Sydney Opera House Opera Award.
Zoe completed a Bachelor of Music Performance (Voice) with First Class Honours at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Here she was awarded numerous scholarships for academic and musical excellence, and was selected to perform in the Estivo Music Festival in Verona, Italy.
Operatic highlights include Monica in Menotti’s The Medium with Opera Prometheus, Papagena in Pacific Opera’s The Magic Flute, Flora in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with Victorian Opera and Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone with Penrith Symphony Orchestra.
Zoe has performed extensively as a soloist, notably in Handel’s Messiah at Sydney Town Hall; and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. Zoe also performs nationally and internationally with The Seven Sopranos and Voci Stupende.
Harold Blair Opera Scholarship
Mel & Nina Waters Award
Georgia holds an Associate Diploma from Trinity College London for Singing Performance and is studying for a Bachelor of Music degree with principal study in classical voice at the University of Newcastle under the tutelage of Dr. Christopher Allan. She will debut in June as Donna Anna in Opera Hunter’s production of Don Giovanni. A 2015 and 2016 Pacific Opera Young Artist, she performed Forester’s Wife and covered Fox in Pacific Opera and Sydney Symphony Youth Orchestra’s production of The Cunning Little Vixen. She has also performed the role of the Countess in Opera Hunter’s Marriage of Figaro as well as roles in Amahl and the Night Visitors and The Yeomen of the Guard.
Cleo holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours from the University of Melbourne, majoring in Performance, as well as taking language studies in French and Italian. Cleo is the recipient of the Peter and Melissa Hebbard Scholarship for Opera Scholars Australia’s 2016/2017 season, and is a finalist for Scholar of the Year 2017. Recently, Cleo performed the role of First Lady in scenes from Die Zauberflöte, staged by Beverley Blankenship, and was a soloist in the Acclaim Awards Italian master class with Valeria Esposito. Cleo has sung in the Melbourne Opera Chorus for several productions.
Samuel is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and an alumnus of the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School and has studied German at the Goethe-Institut, Berlin. Most recently, Samuel has performed Sid in Albert Herring, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and in Purcell’s King Arthur for Brisbane Baroque Festival. He has also performed in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Bruckner’s Te Deum. A further recent highlight was performing in the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic’s oratorio competition, for which he received the Conductor’s Encouragement Award.
Jonathan recently returned to Australia after being awarded a Doctorate of Music (Piano Performance) by the University of Montreal. Prior to this he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Joan Havill. He has won prizes in several competitions including the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition (1st Prize) as well as major prizes in the Australian National Piano Award in Shepparton and the Bromsgrove
International Soloist Competition, and performed with several orchestras including the European Union Chamber Orchestra and Finchley Chamber Orchestra. Jonathan particularly enjoys collaborating with singers and instrumentalists. In 2016 he is both a Melba Opera Trust scholar and a répétiteur with Pacific Opera in Sydney.