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 returning scholar in 2017, Daniel is a graduate from the University of Melbourne. He is the winner of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Competition and one of the inaugural winners of 3mbs’ The Talent.
His concert repertoire includes An die Ferne Geliebte (Beehtoven), Winterreise (Schubert), Schwanengesang (Schubert) and Dicterliebe (Schumann). In 2015 he performed the world premiere of Cassemenos’ Requiem for the End of Time in the leading role of John. Operatic credits include Pandolfe (Cendrillon – Victorian Opera), The Mayor (The Pied Piper – Victorian Opera) and most recently his international debut as Papageno in Die Zauberflote with the Malaysian Philharmonic.
Returning scholar Bronwyn graduated with a Masters in Operatic Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium GU in 2014, also attending the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School from 2013-2015. Bronwyn has received many awards, grants and scholarships, most recently being awarded 3rd place in the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award, and performing as a finalist in the Herald Sun Aria award.
Bronwyn will reprise her role as Olga in Eugene Onegin for Co-Opera in 2017. She has also performed as Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly for OPS; Miss Baggot in Benjamin Britten’s The Little Sweep for the ACFM; and Second Witch in Dido and Aeneas for the Brisbane Baroque Festival.
Dame Nellie Melba Opera Scholarship
Patrick & Vivian Gordon Award
Returning to Melba Opera Trust in 2017, Zoe completed a Bachelor of Music Performance with First Class Honours at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Last year, Zoe won the Opera Foundation for Young Australians Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship and made her Opera Australia debut in The Eighth Wonder and recorded her first CD with The Seven Sopranos.
This year, Zoe will perform the role of the Nightingale in Sleeping Beauty with Victorian Opera; cover the lead role in Opera Australia’s Two Weddings, One Bride; and commence study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on full scholarship.
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 returns to Melba Opera Trust for a second year 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. Recently he was awarded the Best Pianist prize at the Mietta Song Competition in Melbourne.