Harold Blair Opera Scholarship Ruskin Opera Scholarship
Wiradjuri soprano Georgina Hall studied at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music and has an associate diploma through Trinity College London.
In early 2018, Georgina toured to Amsterdam singing in Indigenous Kaurna language for the international debut of the Australian Dance Theatre’s production of The Beginning of Nature.
Georgina made her Opera Australia chorus debut in Verdi’s Aida at the Sydney Opera House last year. In 2017, she produced The Old Maid and the Thief, performing as Laetitia at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. Later that year, she was awarded the Doris Smith Scholarship for voice by the University of Newcastle.
For Opera Hunter, Georgina has performed The Countess in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Margaret Schofield Opera Scholarship Mel & Nina Waters Award
Melbourne-based pianist Adam McMillan graduated from the Australian National Academy of Music in 2017 and previously attained a Bachelor of Music at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, graduating with a University Medal.
Adam’s awards include first prize in the MRC Great Romantics Competition, the Musica Viva Chamber Music Prize and first prize in the Queensland Piano Competition.
Recent performance highlights include the Brisbane Baroque Festival, Canberra International Music Festival and Australian Showcase at the Sydney International Piano Competition.
Adam has performed as soloist with the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, ANAM Orchestra, and South Melbourne Symphony. His performances have been broadcast on ABC Classic FM, 3MBS, and 4MBS.
Cleo Lee-McGowan holds a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the University of Melbourne and received a number of scholarships during her studies.
Cleo has performed the role of Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with Victorian Opera and was a soloist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has been featured as a soloist on ABC Classic FM on numerous occasions.
Cleo was a finalist in the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition and was the recipient of numerous prizes including the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Award, Pasqualina Lipari Prize and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Award.
Paulette Bisley Opera Scholarship Eleanor Blakemore Opera Society Scholarship
Stephen Marsh made his professional debut in Victorian Opera’s 2017 production of Respighi’s The Sleeping Beauty and was a developing artist for the company for both the 2017-2018 seasons.
Other productions include Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. Last October Stephen made his debut with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, performing the role of Gregorio in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. Stephen is also an inaugural member of Melbourne Opera’s ‘Richard Divall Emerging Artist’ Program.
His upcoming performances include Second Grail Knight In Victorian Opera’s production of Wagner’s Parsifal, The Giant in the Australian premiere of Bruckard’s The Selfish Giant and Fiorello in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.
Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship Annie McFarling Opera Scholarship Patrick & Vivian Gordon Award
Tessa Hayward completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
Tessa recently was awarded the inaugural Dame Elizabeth Murdoch prize at the Herald Sun Aria Final and was also a finalist in the Limestone Coast Italian Aria Competition in 2018, winning the encouragement prize for outstanding potential.
Tessa is currently performing in the chorus of Opera Australia’s production of Puccini’s Turandot. Recent roles performed include Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, La Converse in Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Night in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen.
John & Elizabeth Wright-Smith Scholarship Ryman Healthcare Opera Scholarship
Samuel Piper is a graduate of Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and an alumnus of the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School.
Samuel has worked with many leading companies including Opera Australia, Pinchgut Opera, Opera Queensland, and Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Most recently, Samuel made his debut with Opera Queensland as Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. He also performed in Mozart Airborne with Expressions Dance Company/Opera Queensland and as Moralès in Bizet’s Carmen for Queensland Symphony Orchestra/Opera Queensland.
Last year Samuel undertook intensive language and music study in Italy, as the recipient of the Pellegrino Scholarship.
Brisbane-based Xenia Puskarz Thomas attained a Bachelor of Music with first class honours from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and was awarded the University Medal for Academic Achievement.
Competition success in 2018 included The Opera Foundation for young Australians’ Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship and Tinkler Encouragement Award at the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition.
Xenia has performed excerpts from Mozart’s Idomeneo and Massenet’s Cendrillon, and the roles of L’Enfant in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges and Mrs Gladys Callaway in the premiere of Dean’s Dry River Run.