Scholarship funds are used to underwrite an individual development program for the recipient. The scholar works with our expert panel and General Manager to create a balanced, intensive training program for the year, which is appropriate for their current stage of development. The needs of the scholar drive their program.
To deliver the individual programs, we call on coaches who work with the country’s top opera companies and educational providers, as well as international experts visiting Australia.
Each program must include a balance of:
Scholarship funding can be used towards the cost of a postgraduate program at an approved institution, as long as the program fits within our development program criteria and can demonstrate training in each of the four areas listed above.
The financial support means that recipients are able to participate in more frequent and intense coaching, resulting in significant improvements.
Whilst on scholarship with us, each recipient will meet with the panel chair regularly to ensure that they are benefiting from their development program.
“Melba Opera Trust’s program has provided me with the means to continue my singing lessons, vocal coaching’s, a variety of training in movement and acting, and to continue my studies in German, Italian, and French languages. All of these, in addition to the invaluable Mentor Program, are helping me develop the practical skills and resources I need to thrive as a young singer” – Emily Edmonds, holder of the Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship in 2013.
“I owe so much of where I am today to Melba Opera Trust and I take comfort knowing that I have an entire Melba family to call upon wherever I am in the world” – Lauren Fagan, scholarship holder, 2012