Ruskin Opera Scholarship
Annie McFarling Opera Scholarship
This year, Fleuranne Brockway joins Melba Opera Trust as the Annie McFarling Opera Scholarship / Ruskin Opera Scholarship recipient. Praised for her “lusciously dark centred” voice by the Herald Sun, Fleuranne was born in Perth and completed a Bachelor of Music in Classical Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Megan Sutton at the University of Western Australia. She has since furthered her vocal studies working with Gregory Yurisich AM and attending the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School from 2014-2016 on a full scholarship.
In 2015, Fleuranne made her debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as Cherubino in scenes from Le nozze di Figaro and once again in 2016 as Meg in scenes from Verdi’s Falstaff. In 2016 she joined Victorian Opera as one of their Developing Artists and, in 2017, joined West Australian Opera as one of their Wesfarmer’s Arts Young Artists. She was also a joint recipient of the Bendat Scholarship for 2017. She made her company debut with Victorian Opera in the role of Madame de la Haltière in Massenet’s Cendrillon and performed the role of Mrs Mayor in the world premiere of Richard Mill’s opera, The Pied Piper.
In addition to her operatic work, Fleuranne has a great passion for other forms of classical music, including lieder, art song and oratorio. Last year, she was awarded first place in the National Liederfest competition which saw her fly to Austria to attend the famous Franz Schubert Institute in Vienna.
In July, she will make her role and mainstage debut with West Australian Opera as Mercédès in their coming production of Bizet’s Carmen.
Jessica Harper is thrilled to be the 2018 Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship recipient with Melba Opera Trust.
Jessica graduated with First Class Honours in Classical Singing from the ANU School of music. She has been broadcast as a concert soloist and recitalist on both ABC Classic FM and 2MBS Fine Music FM, and has toured NSW, the ACT and SA as a recital performer. Jessica completed her second year as a Young Artist with Pacific Opera in 2015.
Operatic roles include the title role in Miss Brill (Australian Premier), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Casilda (The Gondoliers), Lisa (La sonnambula) and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte). Mrs Norris (Mansfield Park – Australian Premier), La Zelatrice and Prima Sorella Cercatrice (Suor Angelica), Frantik, Chocholka and the Innkeeper’s Wife (The Cunning Little Vixen). Jessica was also the standby soprano for Emma Matthews in MELBA A New Musical (2017).
Recent successes in the Australian competition circuit include Jessica being named Runner Up and winner of the Audience Choice Award for the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship (2017) and Runner Up for the Herald Sun Aria (2016), and winner of the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera and Arts Support Group Scholarship (2017). Jessica has also won the Wollongong (2017), Cowra (2015) and Shoalhaven (2017) Eisteddfod Operatic Aria Championships.
Paull-Anthony Keightley is the 2018 recipient of the Amelia Joscelyne Memorial Scholarship from Melba Opera Trust.
Paull-Anthony made his professional debut with West Australian Opera in Gianni Schicchi before appearing as Sciarrone in the company’s production of Tosca. In 2017 Paull-Anthony was named the winner of the Opera Foundation for Young Australians’ Deutsche Oper Berlin Award, received the Richard Bonynge Award in the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award and was named a finalist in both the Opera Foundation for Young Australians’ Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship and the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition.
2018 sees Paull-Anthony as Colline (La bohème), Parson/Badger (The Cunning Little Vixen) and Zuniga (Carmen) with West Australian Opera before joining the ensemble at Deutsche Oper Berlin for the 2018/19 season. His other operatic repertoire includes Leporello (Don Giovanni), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Frank (Die Fledermaus), Fiorello (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Gloster Heming (The Mother of us All) and Don Andronico (Don Procopio).
Paull-Anthony’s concert repertoire includes the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Fauré’s Requiem, Bach’s Cantata BWV. 147, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Mozart’s Missa Brevis in F major.
He is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Previously he won first place at the North of Perth Eisteddfod and the Royal Over-Seas League Singing Competition. He was awarded scholarships from the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, the Australian Music Foundation, the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust and the Royal Schools of Music Club and is the recipient of a 2017 Mike Walsh Fellowship.
Cleo has been the proud recipient of the Joseph Sambrook Opera Scholarship with Melba Opera Trust since 2017. She 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 received a number of scholarships during her tertiary studies, including Runner-Up of the Acclaim Awards Sleath Lowrey Scholarship, the Athenaeum Club Female Solo Vocalist Prize, the Muriel Cheek Scholarship, the Mona McCaughey Scholarship, the Florence Bradford Scholarship and is the joint winner of the Harold Fisher Memorial Opera Scholarship.
Cleo has performed the role of Gretel in Hansel and Gretel by Victorian Opera, taking part in their regional tour of Victoria. During this tour, she also sang in the concert Heroes and Villains, and the premiere of a new work, Gordon Kerry’s The Snow Queen. Other performance highlights include Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls and First Lady in scenes from Die Zauberflöte, staged by Beverley Blankenship. Cleo was featured as a soloist in a live broadcast on ABC Classic FM in celebration of International Women’s Day. She participated in a Director’s Workshop with Lyric Opera of Melbourne, and was a soloist in the Acclaim Awards Italian Masterclass Concert in 2016.
For the 2016/2017 season, Cleo was the proud recipient of the Peter and Melissa Hebbard Scholarship with Opera Scholars Australia. In January, Cleo performed as a finalist for the title of Opera Scholar of the Year 2017 at the Opera in the Alps.
Cleo has experience in the Melbourne Opera Chorus, performing in Rienzi, Madama Butterfly and Les Pêcheurs de perles. She has performed in the Athenaeum Club Young Prize-Winners Concert and was a soloist and co-curator of Musical Maverick: Five Concerts in Tribute to Grainger. In late 2016, she performed Strauss’ Four Songs Op. 27 with the Melbourne Philharmonia Project. Cleo has undertaken master classes with Yvonne Kenny, Richard Divall, Emma Matthews, Stuart Skelton, Daria Masiero, Neil Semer, Valeria Esposito and Chuck Hudson.
Paulette Bisley Opera Scholarship
Eleanor Blakemore Opera Society Scholarship
Stephen Marsh is the 2017 recipient of the Paulette Bisley Opera Scholarship and the Eleanor Blakemore Opera Scholarship with Melba Opera Trust. He made his professional debut in Victorian Opera’s Sleeping Beauty in 2017 and was a developing artist for the company for the second half of the year, performing in a regional tour of Hansel and Gretel, Heroes and Villains (a gala concert) and The Snow Queen (Gordon Kerry’s commissioned work). For Victorian Opera Stephen also appeared in The Grumpiest Boy in the World and in the chorus for La sonnambula.
Stephen was a member of the Opera Scholars Australia program for 6 years. Other companies he has performed with are Melbourne Opera (2012 – 2017 seasons, including as bass soloist for the Melbourne Opera People’s Messiah since 2013), Melbourne Lyric Opera and Shoestring Opera Company.
He has been the recipient of multiple scholarships including the Barbara Pigdon Memorial, the Betty Amsden AO Scholarship ‘Opera Scholar of the Year’ for the Australian Music Events 2016/17 season and the John Duncan scholarship.
Born in Brisbane, pianist Adam McMillan is the recipient of the Margaret Schofield Opera Scholarship for Repetiteurs with Melba Opera Trust. He has received awards for his playing, including the Musica Viva Chamber Music Prize, Elisabeth Murdoch Prize in the MRC Great Romantics Competition, first prize in the Queensland Piano Competition, and the Hilda Woolmer Prize for Piano Accompaniment.
Adam graduated in 2017 from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), where he studied with Timothy Young. He performed and worked with visiting artists such as Sara Macliver, Penelope Thwaites, Lisa Moore, Kathryn Stott, Paavali Jumpannen, Roy Howat, Steve Davislim, Peter Hill, and Anthony Marwood. He also gained experience as an orchestral player under Simone Young in the Australian World Orchestra (AWO) and ANAM side-by-side collaboration.
Prior to studying at ANAM, he attained a Bachelor of Music (Advanced Performance)
under the tutelage of Jenni Flemming at the Queensland Conservatorium, where he was a recipient of the Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship, and graduated with First Class Honours and a University Medal.
Performance highlights in recent years include performing in the Brisbane Baroque
Festival, in the Australian Voices series at the Melbourne Recital Centre, in the Canberra International Music Festival, as soloist with the South Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as soloist with the ANAM Orchestra under Richard Gill, in the Australian Showcase at the Sydney International Piano Competition, with Paul Dean in the inaugural Ensemble Q performance, in the 4MBS Festival of Classics, and in the Australian Piano Duo Festival.
A return scholar with Melba Opera Trust, Samuel is grateful to be supported by the John & Elizabeth Wright-Smith Scholarship. In 2018, Samuel will make his debut as Masetto (Don Giovanni) for Opera Queensland, perform as a chorister with Opera Australia, and will travel to Italy as the recipient of the Pellegrino Scholarship through the Italian Consulate.
Samuel has performed numerous roles on stage, including Morales (Carmen), Sid (Albert Herring), Papageno (The Magic Flute), The Gamekeeper (The Cunning Little Vixen), Antonio (Le nozze di Figaro (covering Figaro), Ottone (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and The Father (Hansel and Gretel). He also portrayed numerous roles in the Brisbane Baroque production of Purcell’s King Arthur and joined Opera Queensland/Expressions Dance Company for their collaborative show, Mozart Airborne.
Opera scenes experience includes roles from Don Giovanni, A Streetcar named Desire, Così fan tutte, L’elisir d’amore, Carmen, Pagliacci and Il barbiere di Siviglia. Oratorio engagements have included Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Bach’s Ich habe genug, Bruckner’s Te Deum and Schubert’s Mass in G.
His chamber repertoire includes works such as Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad, Schumann’s Dichterliebe op. 48, Barber’s Dover Beach, Vaughan–Williams‘ Songs of Travel, Brahms‘Liebeslieder and Schmitt’s Chansons a quatre voix.
Samuel holds a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice (Advanced Performance) from the
Queensland Conservatorium, where he also completed 2 years of post-graduate study. He attended the Goethe-Institut in Berlin and is an alumnus of the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School (2014, 2017).