By making a donation to Melba Opera Trust you are supporting the future of Australian opera singers and repetiteurs.

You can help us by making a tax-deductible donation to Melba Opera Trust. Every gift is a way to share in the journey of an exceptional young opera singer or repetiteur and help them to realise their full potential.

Our activities rely entirely on personal and philanthropic donations. This helps us to build our Scholarship Endowment fund. The more we can build our Endowment, the more we can develop our programs and increase the level of support we can provide to Australia’s promising operatic artists.

We are not a Government funded organisation.

Find out more about how to donate or download our Donation Form.

There are various ways that you can support Melba Opera Trust:

  • Make a donation
  • Establish an Annual gift
  • Give to an Established scholarship
  • Endowing your own scholarship
  • Leaving a legacy gift
  • In-kind support and volunteering
  • Sponsorship


There a 4 ways in which you can make a donation to Melba Opera Trust:

  1. Call our office on (03) 9944 2100 and one of our team will process your donation. Office hours are 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.
  2. Download and complete a copy of our Donation Form to then send in to our office via post or email
  3. Make an EFT transfer payment.
  4. Complete the form below to register your interest to donate. A member of our team will contact you directly to process your donation.
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For electronic transfer our gift fund details are:

Account Name: Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust
BSB: 083-004
Account: 241738698
Reference: (please include surname and if there is a particular scholarship you are supporting)

For postal donations, please download our Donation Form and send it with your donation to:

Melba Opera Trust
PO Box 16081
Collins Street West VIC 8007

Donations of $2 or more are fully tax-deductible. ABN: 96 424 419 725 ACN: 004 239 490.


Donations to Melba Opera Trust are preserved in our Scholarship Endowment fund. The returns generated from this investment enable us to provide valuable support to young opera singers and repetiteurs.

Your gift to the Scholarship Endowment fund directly assists young artists by underwriting scholarships, mentoring and performance opportunities.

Annual gifts are a powerful way to ensure that the Scholarship Endowment fund can increase its support to young opera singers and repetiteurs. If you are willing to consider an ongoing commitment, please contact our office on (03) 9944 2100.
We have a number of dedicated scholarships that are awarded annually to opera singers and repetiteurs of outstanding merit. You may request a preference for your gift to contribute to one of these established scholarships.


Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship

Dame Nellie Melba left £8,000 in her will to the Albert Street Conservatorium (the predecessor of The Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music) to be granted in perpetuity as the Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship. Melba’s hope was that the funds be used to support the vocal and professional development of a young, female, opera singer “so that another Melba may arise”.

John & Elizabeth Wright-Smith Scholarship

John and Elizabeth Wright-Smith were ‘early adopters’ of the Trust’s vision. As passionate advocates for music and the arts, John and Liz were enthusiastic about endowing one of the first scholarships with the newly established Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust. As such they are the inaugural impresari of Melba Opera Trust with a most significant and generous gift.

The scholarship may be awarded to a male or female singer.

Amelia Joscelyne Memorial Scholarship

The Amelia Joscelyne Memorial Scholarship is a special award instituted by the Joscelyne family and their friends, after the premature passing of Amelia in 1989. Amelia cherished her short time at The Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music and, above all else, loved to sing. This scholarship provides opportunities to other young female singers, in Amelia’s memory.

Joseph Sambrook Opera Scholarship

Originally contemplating the establishment of a scholarship via bequest, Professors Joseph Sambrook & Mary-Jane Gething established a fully-endowed scholarship in late 2013 choosing to give in their lifetimes to witness the fruits of their gift.

As lifelong researchers in the field of international biological science, Joe and Mary-Jane’s experiences with young researchers cultivated a deep appreciation for the value of mentorship for young aspirants. As such, they found that the fundamental support provided by the Trust matched their own ideas about that crucial period of a career, be it in science or opera.

The scholarship may be awarded to a male or female singer.

Paulette Bisley Opera Scholarship

Paulette and Warwick Bisley were early supporters of Melba Opera Trust and made generous annual donations. The Bisley’s had already endowed the Warwick Bisley Scholarship at the University of Melbourne for an undergraduate engineering student. After witnessing the success of the Melba Opera Trust over the past few years, they decided to endow an opera scholarship, this time in Paulette’s name as an expression of Paulette’s passion for opera.

The scholarship may be awarded to a male or female singer.

Harold Blair Opera Scholarship

Harold Blair AM was born at the Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve, Queensland. At the age of 17, he was working as a tractor driver at the Fairymead Sugar Mill when trade union organiser Harry Green heard him singing and encouraged him to further his singing abilities. Blair entered a radio amateur hour talent quest in early 1945 and attracted a record tally of listeners’ votes. A group of trade unionists, academics and musicians formed a trust to sponsor his career. He entered the Melba Conservatorium in Melbourne in 1945 and earned a Diploma of Music with honours in 1949. In 1950, Blair was invited to study in the United States by the noted African-American singer Todd Duncan. Blair studied at the Juilliard School, New York. He later became a teacher at the Conservatorium in Melbourne and served on the Aboriginal Arts Board.

The children of John and Gwenda Lloyd established in 1966 the Gwenda and John Lloyd Memorial Scholarship Fund for the purpose of supporting indigenous educational opportunities. In 2011, facilitated by Deborah Cheetham AO and Short Black Opera, the Lloyd Fund trustees transferred the to the Melba Opera Trust’s endowment. The purpose was to establish a scholarship to assist the development of indigenous classical singers of a post-graduate standard. The inaugural Harold Blair Opera Scholarship was awarded in 2012 to bass-baritone Tiriki Onus and subsequently to soprano Shauntai Batzke.

The age limit is 35 years for applicants to the Harold Blair Opera Scholarship.

Ruskin Opera Scholarship

In 2004 Jeremy Ruskin and Roz Zalewski instituted the Alfred Ruskin Recital Award in memory of Jeremy’s late father, Alfred Ruskin. Alfred Ruskin AM served The Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music as Chairman of Council from 1972 until 1996. He was particularly fond of The Conservatorium and was a strong advocate for its nurturing atmosphere and for the style and quality of its performance training.

Alfred and his wife Pamela both made, during their lifetimes, enormous contributions to the vibrancy of the Melbourne arts scene and were especially passionate about strengthening the standards and profile of opera in Australia. Their commitment and dedication remain central to Melba Opera Trust, and today, the family continues the great Ruskin legacy through their ongoing involvement and by establishing this valuable scholarship.


Mel & Nina Waters Award

Emeritus Professor Mel Waters was director of The Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music for over a decade and guided the transition from The Conservatorium to Melba Opera Trust. In 2010 the Chairman and Board decided to establish the Mel & Nina Waters Award in recognition of their dedication to The Conservatorium and more recently, Melba Opera Trust.


RJ & AF Hamer Scholarship

The late Sir Rupert (“Dick”) and Lady Hamer were avid and active advocates for the arts. During his time as Victorian Premier and Arts Minister, Dick Hamer’s leadership was instrumental in the establishment of the Arts Centre. It was especially fitting, therefore, that following Dick’s death in 2004 that Melbourne’s Concert Hall was renamed Hamer Hall. Throughout their lives, both Dick and April supported many music organisations, as well as other charitable organisations supporting innovations in care for the environment and projects that advance good government.

The RJ Hamer Scholarship was established in 2013 by April to honour her late husband. Following April’s death in 2015, her family committed to honouring Dick and April by renewing the scholarship for 2016 and renaming it to the RJ & AF Hamer Scholarship.

The scholarship may be awarded to a male or female singer and reflects April and Dick’s lifelong support for young artists.

Stuart Leslie Scholarship

The Stuart Leslie Foundation supports a range of arts and health organisations in Victoria. The inaugural Stuart Leslie Scholarship was awarded in 2016 and may be awarded to a male or female singer.

Margaret Schofield Opera Scholarship

Margaret Schofield was one of Australia’s leading pianists of the 20th century. Her distinguished career included performances as a soloist, accompanist and an active piano teacher for almost 60 years. Margaret studied music in Melbourne and in London where she gave recitals for the BBC. During the 1950s and 1960s, she performed regular concert tours throughout Australia with visiting overseas musicians. She lectured at the Melba Conservatorium, examined for the Australian Music Examinations Board and adjudicated at many eisteddfods and competitions. In 1988 Margaret Schofield was awarded the OAM for her services to music and to the community. She continued to teach and play until almost 80 years of age.

In honour of Margaret’s significant musical contribution to Melbourne and Australia, her descendants have generously underwritten a number of annual scholarships in music teaching organisations, including with the Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music. With the establishment of the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust, the family transitioned this annual support to the Trust’s Margaret Schofield Opera Scholarship. From 2016, their generous gift supports our Repetiteur Scholar and in so doing precisely aligns the memory of Margaret Schofield with her renown as a world-class accompanist.

Dame Heather Begg Memorial Award

Established in the name of the late Dame Heather Begg, the award offers early career artists $20,000 to underwrite ongoing operatic study and professional development within Australia or internationally. Executors of the Dame Heather Begg estate select recipients through a non-submission process and then entrust the management of the Dame Heather Begg Memorial Award to Melba Opera Trust – a responsibility of which we are delighted and proud.

“Dame Heather Begg was a unique artist blessed with a beautiful voice and a natural instinct and ability to perform. During her long operatic career, she was associated with many of the world’s finest conductors, directors, coaches and singers. She never stopped learning and dedicated all her concentration and energy to every ole – large or small. She knew that the music and drama could only come alive if she was thoroughly prepared, technically secure and able to be flexible.” – Moffatt Oxenbould AM, Executor of the Dame Heather Begg estate.

“Nothing will give us greater joy than to follow these singers along, watch their progress and go to their concerts.” – John Wright-Smith, John & Elizabeth Wright-Smith Scholarship

Establishing a named scholarship is a way to make a long-term commitment to developing new operatic talent, and to create a living memory of a family name or loved one.

To watch a young artist grow and develop as a direct result of your support in a fulfilling and rewarding experience. Benefactors who establish these important scholarships enjoy a personal relationship with the scholar and share in their ongoing journey and achievements.

Named scholarships with Melba Opera Trust remain in perpetuity, helping new young singers and repetiteurs every year. A donation of this nature has a lasting impact on opera in Australia.

To establish a named scholarship in perpetuity requires a tax-deductible donation of $500,000. Any individual or business can establish their own scholarship in full upfront or with a pledge over a period of five years. Named scholarships can also be established by way of a bequest.

The title of the scholarship is at the benefactor’s discretion and will be awarded annually to a promising young singer or repetiteur once the named fund reaches the requisite threshold.

Please contact our office on (03) 9944 2100 for further information on establishing your own named scholarship.

A bequest is often established as a percentage of an estate. It is an excellent option for individuals who may like to assist Melba Opera Trust in its mission, but are not in a position to do so during their lifetime. Your bequest can help to ensure that Melba Opera Trust continues to support young opera singers and repetiteurs.

To find out more about how to make a bequest, please contact our office on (03) 9944 2100.

Melba Opera Trust has a number of operational requirements for which we seek in-kind donations. If you would like to support us by offering your home as accommodation for visiting young singers and repetiteurs, venue space, providing wine and catering, or donating supplies, please contact our office on (03) 9944 2100. Support is welcome from both individuals and businesses.

“ that another Melba may arise.”



We were honoured to receive news in October 2015 that the Honourable Linda Dessau AM & Judge Howard accepted the appointment of Patrons in Chief during the Governor’s term of service.


Granddaughter to Dame Nellie Melba
“As Patron of The Melba Memorial Conservatorium since 1995, and as a Founding Patron of Melba Opera Trust, I am gratified that the Board has seen fit to preserve for the future the legacy and special vision for the Melba that was so close to my grandmother’s heart.”

“It is a great thrill for me to be a Founding Patron of Melba Opera Trust, and an honour that I share with my family, friends and supporters of the Amelia Joscelyne Memorial Scholarship.  This scholarship has kept alive Amelia’s memory and the joy of singing in the hearts and lives of so many Melba students over the last eighteen years, and we are all delighted that it will continue to be a centre piece of Melba’s new future.”


Great, great granddaughter to Dame Nellie Melba
“My grandmother would have been so happy that Melba Opera Trust asked me to be patron. I feel very honoured to be carrying on. I do hope that I will be of some use and, with my planned trips to Australia, I hope we can do more and more at Coombe Cottage for much-needed fundraising.”


IMPRESARIO ($500,000 and above)

Warwick & Paulette Bisley

Joseph Sambrook & Mary-Jane Gething

John & Elizabeth Wright-Smith

PATRON ($250,000 – $499,999)

GRAND CIRCLE ($100,000 – $249,999)

Charles Allen AO & Jocelyn Allen

A/Prof Andrew Cochrane

Dr Fiona Cochrane

Joseph Diflo

Diana Gibson AO

The late Lady April Hamer

Peter Laver AM & Anne Laver

Peter Reilly & Linton Soderholm

Andrew Sisson AO

Roz Zalewski-Ruskin & Jeremy Ruskin QC

Ryman Healthcare

DRESS CIRCLE ($50,000 – $99,999)

Janet Calvert-Jones AO & John Calvert-Jones AM

Peter Griffin AM & Terry Swann

Peter Hansen OAM & Neroli Hansen

Ann & the late Ian McFarling

GALLERY CIRCLE ($25,000 – $49,999)

Ernest Dawes OBE & Nola Dawes

Rose Downer & John Downer AM

Louise Gourlay OAM

Ian & Dale Johnson

David Jones

Kate & Stephen Shelmerdine

Lady Southey AC

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BALCONY CIRCLE ($10,000 – $24,999)

Jim Allen OAM

Judy Allen

The late Betty Amsden AO

Chris Arnold & Margot Costanzo

James & Judith Beattie

Peter & Jan Clark

Val Diamond & John Funder AC

Ian Dickson & Reg Holloway

Frank & Judith Firkin

Nance Grant AM MBE & Ian Harris

Hans & Petra Henkell

Gill & Giles Hunt

Dr Alastair Jackson AM

Elizabeth Lithgow

Robert G Logie-Smith AM & Sue Logie-Smith

Patricia McKenzie

The Family of the late Jack McLeish

The Hon Justice John & Mrs Judith Middleton

Tom & Ruth O’Dea

Graeme Parncutt

Lady Potter AC CMRI

Judith Robinson & Michael Robinson AO

Margot & Warwick Ross

Phillip & Susan Schudmak

Anita Simon

Jennifer & David Sutherland

Dr Michael Troy

Michael Wheelahan QC & Cathryn Wheelahan

MAESTRO CIRCLE ($5,000 – $9,999)

The Hon Justice David Beach & Marea Beach

Marc Besen AC & Eva Besen AO

Dr Dianne & Lino Bresciani, Youth Music Foundation of Australia

Elizabeth Brown

Sandy Clark & Marie McDonald

Catherine & Mark Clisby

Ann Cole

Kevin & Margaret Collecutt

Rosie Cunningham

David Curtain QC & Sally Curtain

Jane Douglass AM

Sir Andrew & Lady Fairley Foundation

Dr Helen Ferguson

Catherine & the late Roger Freeman

Fleur Gibbs

Peter & Elizabeth Goodman

John & Jo Grigg

The Hon Peter Heerey AM QC & Sally Heerey

Margaret & Trevor Holborow

Darvell Hutchinson AM & Barbara Hutchinson

Mary-Jane Joscelyne OAM

Anne & Dr Milan Kantor

Bryan Keon-Cohen AM QC & June Keon-Cohen

John Kiely & the late Lorraine Elliot AM

Her Honour Judge Kathryn Kings

Dr Peter A Kingsbury

Suzanne Kirkham

Suzanne Maple-Brown

Mary-Ruth & Peter McLennan

Margaret & the late Patrick Mills

Susan Morgan

Diane & Tim Morris

The late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC; DBE

The late Nancy Peterson and daughter, Dale

Tony & Elizabeth Rayward

Aubrey Schrader

Graham Sellars-Jones

John E Smith

Richard Stanley QC & Sue Stanley

Gillian Storey AM

The Lord & Lady Vestey

Prof Mel & Nina Waters

Paul Worthington

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MELBA CIRCLE ($1,000 – $4,999)

C A Alston

Dr Patricia Armstrong-Grant OBE

Philip Bacon AM

Robbie S. Barker

Judy & Michael Begg

Kenneth Betts

Ann Blainey

Caroline Brain

Jonathan & Anne Breadmore

H & J Burger

The Hon Justice David Byrne & Jenni Harris

Adrienne & the late Ross Cameron

The Hon Alex Chernov AC QC &

Elizabeth Chernov

Mitchell Chipman

Janet & the late John Clark AM

Jillian Cobcroft

Libby Colenso

Jim Cousins AO & Libby Cousins

Caroline & Glenn Crane

Mr John Craven

Shaneen Crouch &

the late Michael J Crouch AO

Charles Curran AC and Eva Curran

Mrs David Darling

Arthur Day AM & Hilary Day

Ros & John Dowling

Terry & Linda Elliott

Jack & Vivien Fajgenbaum

Barbara Fleischer

William J Forrest AM

The Hon Saffron Foster

Jenny Fullard

Peter Garnick

Annie Gibson

Dr R & Ms K H Grinberg

Elisabeth Guinness

Hugh Hallard

Dr Martin & Jacqui Higgs

Robert Hook

Rosemary & David Houseman

Dr Sam & Margaret Howes

Christine Hughes

Penelope Hughes

Alison Hyams

Phillip D Isaacs OAM

Cynthia Jackson AM

Barry & Prue Johnson

Lewis & Paula Johnson

Messrs Grant Johnson & Steven Wharton

William M.P Jones

George & Grace Kass

Julia King

Lesley King

Anthony Knight OAM & Beverley Knight

Peter Kolliner OAM & Barbara Kolliner

Lynne Landy & John Landy AC MBE

Joy Laurence

John & Erin Lidgerwood

Julie & Athol Lidgett

Janet Limb

Dr Bruce & Dianne Livett

Colin Lovitt QC & Margaret Lovitt

Noreen Maher

Peter Mander & Walter van Nieuwkuyk OAM

Marin Charitable Trust

David & Jane Martin

B Mayes

Denys & Ingeborg McCullough

Ian McDonald

Dr Sue McNicol QC

Ross McPherson

Dr Bryan Mendelson & Mrs Debora Mendelson

Fiona Menzies

James Mighell SC

Michael & the late Judy Morrison

Kristin Moses

Dr Kenneth Muirden AO & Lesley Muirden

Margaret Nevett

Liz Nield

Ms Rosemary Norbury

Geoffrey Norris

Miki Oikawa

Stephen O’Meara QC & Kate Galvin

Jocelyn & the late John O’Neil

Sarah Patterson

Joan Pigdon

Roger & Catherine Poole

Joy Potter

Probus Club of Melbourne Inc.

Clare & David Pullar

Kenneth R Reed AM

Greg J Reinhardt

Janice Roberts & Achim Leistner

Alexander & Rosemary Roche

Tom & Elizabeth Romanowski

Dr Paul & Gay Rosen

Margaret S Ross AM

The late Pamela Ruskin

Mr Nick Ruskin & Dr Annette Shiell

Graham & Lorraine Schmidt

Dr David Scott AM & Dr Lyndal Scott

Penelope Seidler AM

The Hon. Justice Melanie Sloss SC

Prof Richard Smallwood AO & Carol Smallwood

Smedley Family

Russell & Margaret Smith

Lyn Stephenson

Jo Strutt

Swindel-Hurst Family Trust

Hugh & Elizabeth Taylor

Rob & Kyrenia Thomas

Rob & Ruth Thomas

Dr George Tippett

Sylvia Urbach

Alexander G. White

Christine Williams

James Williams

Helen Woods & Lewis Rowell

Barbara Yeoh AM

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FRIENDS OF THE MELBA (All gifts up to $999)

John & Cecily Adams

Floss Ager

Valma Allaway

Peter Au & Sandy Mo Fun Lai

Australian Unity

Rosie Baer

John & Meredith Baldwin

Geraldine Barnes & Donald Burkett

Rosetta Baron & Alan Bloom

Michael & Mim Bartlett

Fran Batrouney

Jim & Tui Beggs

Robert & Margie Beggs

Prof Norman Beischer AO & Elizabeth Beischer

Simon Bell & Jennifer Coghlan-Bell

Fiona Bisko

Amy & Clayton Black

Dorothy Blair

Chris Blanden SC

Rosetta Bloom

Diana Boehme

Wendy Borthwick

Gary Brill & Paola Battengo

Judy Brodribb

Harvey & Suzie Brown

Jane Brownfield

Margot, Lady Burrell

Dorothy Button

Mrs Noel Calvert

Ron & Ruth Cameron

James & Jenny Campbell

Sarah Campbell

R. Campbell & B. Parncutt

Colin Carter

Judy Casey

Prof Lynette Casey-Brereton & Mr Peter Brereton

Christine Clough

Rosie Cocklin

Anne Collins

B Collison

Rosemary Creswell

Comvision Victoria

W E Cromby

Gretchen & the late Noel Crosling

Jan Croucher

Madeleine Culbert

Cara Cunningham

Cherrie Cunningham

Marie Angela David

Mrs Laurie David

Jan & James Davies

Janice & Richard Davies

Lucas de Jong ACMM

Charles de Long

Bernard & Sarah Depasquale

Valerie Diamond & John Funder AC

Des & Margaret Dodds

Jens & Kate Dowling

Rosemary Dowling

Marion Downe

Elizabeth Duffield

Robert Dugdale

Margaret Dunn

Rodger Eade & Margot Milne

Eric Easton

Jenifer Eddy OAM

George & Laila Embelton

Dr John & Maggie Faulkner

Anne Fenner

Cluny Ferguson & Rohan Skinner

Helen & Paul Finn

The Hon Diana Fisher OAM

Andrew & Victoria Fox-Smith

Diana Francis

Dennis Freeman

A/Prof Jane & Jim Freemantle AO

Mr Glenn Fryer

Richard & Waylin Galbraith

Christina & the late Peter Gebhardt

Leona Geeves

Olivia Giglia

Georgia Gillam

Ross Gillies QC

Sir Archibald Glenn OBE & Lady Glenn

Dr Fiona Glover

Catherine Ann Godony

John Goldberg

Gove Family

Tony & Sue Graham

Alexandra Grimwade

Sir Andrew Grimwade CBE & Lady Grimwade

Suzanne Grogan

Colin & Judy Gronn

Dr Geoffrey Hall AM & Nonie Hall

John & Susie Hall

Sue & Roger Haldane

Tim Hannah

Brian Hansford

The Hon Justice Hartley & Rosalind Hansen

Shona & Richard Harding

Mrs Maree Harrison

Elaine & Bob Hayes

Fern Henderson

Cathy Henry

Dr John Higgins

Michael & Margaret Hilditch

Sinclair Hill AM OBE & Wendy Hill

Helen Hiscock

Jack & Ella Hodgson (nee Banner)

Her Hon Judge Frances Hogan

Robin & Peter Hone

Pauline Hook

Judy Hooper

Henning Horn

Neil Inall OAM & Anne Inall

Prue Ingham

Peter & Penelope Inge

Inglis Family

Margaret Inguanez & Allan Park

Robyn Jarvis

Christine Johnston

Kay & Greg Jopson

Kevin & Barbara Kane

Veronica & Walter Kastelan

Peter & Wendy Keating

K Khoo & Kate Chen

Anthony Knight OAM & Beverly Knight

Mr Tony Kosky OAM & Mrs Victoria Kosky

Dr David & Belinda Kram

Betty Lane

The Hon Justice Leo & Deirdre Lazarus

Anna Le Deux

Valerie & Dr Roger Le Maitre

Diana Lempriere

Harriet Lester

Carrie Lethborg

Dr Anne Lierse

Dr John Lill OAM & Rosemary Lill

Norma Lithgow

Sheila Little

Sidney Londish

John & Jenny Lorimer

Betty Lynch

Marga Macdonald

Capt Hamish & Frances MacGowan

Sarah Mahon

Judy Manifold

John & Kate Manton

Sally Marshall

Charles Maxwell

Arnold Mayfield & Deborah Bannister

Rosmary McCallum

Jack McCann

Nicky McCartney

Carolyn McFarlane

Juliet McFarlane

Eve McGlashan

Sarah McIntyre

Christopher McLeod

Deborah & Duncan McNab

Althaea McTaggart OBE

Gerard & Roisin Meehan

Grainne Meehan

Peter & Jocelyne Mitchell

Jamie Moffat

Isobel & John Morgan

Richard & Ladi Nemec

Stephen & Sandra Nicholas

Her Honour Julie Nicholson

Anne & Murray Oakleigh

Howard & Judy Obst

John & Gabrielle O’Connor

Diana-Rose Orr

Roslyn Packer AO

Dan Parncutt

Denis & Mrs Parry-Okeden

The Hon David Parsons & Christine Nathan

Patsy Patten

Lyn Pike

Prof John Poynter AO; OBE & Marion Poynter

Valerie Rae

Ann Randall

Angela Raymond

Richard & Vivienne Reed

Elizabeth Reid

Cynthia Richards

Eda Ritchie AM

Julie Robertson

Bill & Joan Robinson

Faye Rodgers

Ian & Belinda Roper

Mary Ryan

Margie Rymill

George and Susan Santoro

Jan & Graeme Salthouse

Merran Samuel

Libby Saunders & Del Bobeff

Glenda Sayers

Peter & Lynette Schiftan

Phillippa & Grant Schuster

Catherine & Robert Scott

Sheila Scotter

Jenny Shelmerdine

Nick & Helen Sidoryn

George & Alison Simon

Shirley Sleigh

Philip Solomon

Barbara Soulie

Gail Stewart

Jerry Stern

Benita Stribley

Elizabeth & Ivan Sutherland

Elaine Sutton

Jillian Symons & Ken Forge

Jim Tehan

Bettina Terry

Leonie Thompson & The Hon. Ray Finkelstein

Robert Thomson & Hugh Ratten

John Tracey

The Hon Justice Richard Tracey

Edith Trenerry

Simon & Mary Ann Trumble

Peta-Eliese Tsindos

Elisabeth & Peter Turner

Dana Van de Wiel

Jasmin Verginis

Murray Vagg

Caroline Vaillant

Voshege Family

Felicity Gay Voss

Graeme Wall & Margot Cory-Wall

Mr John Walton AM & Ms Carolyn Roberts

Dr Kenneth & Nan Walton

Margaret Watson

Wendy Watson

Geoffrey Webb

Pamela Webster

Liz Weeks

Emma Welsh

Patricia White

Allen & Libby Williams

Julia Wilson

Michael Wright QC & Maxine Cooper

Barbara Yuncken

The late Helen Zalewski

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Melba’s Will Bequest Circle

Dr Patricia Armstrong-Grant OBE

Mary Ryllis Clark

Garry A Fehring

Ian & Dale Johnson

Mary-Jane Joscelyne OAM

Ann McFarling

Diane Morris

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  • Tallis Foundation
  • Cochrane Schofield Fund
  • Hamer Family Fund
  • John and Elizabeth Wright-Smith
  • Reilly & Logie Smith Mentor Endowment
  • Lady Southey AC
  • Tallis Foundation
  • Stuart Leslie Foundation
  • The Opera Society
  • Opus 50 Charitable Trust
  • Gwenda & John Lloyd Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • The Ian Potter Foundation


Melba Opera Trust is grateful for the support of its professional partners.


Melba Opera Trust is grateful for the support of its event & accommodation partners.


Your company could make a valuable contribution to the community, and help young people to fulfil their potential, by becoming a sponsor of Melba Opera Trust.

We host a series of events throughout the year, for fundraising and to provide opportunities for our young singers and repetiteurs to perform. Your support, either financial or in-kind, would benefit young artists, and in return create an opportunity for us to promote your company and products to our supporters. Our Mentor Program and our performance arm, Melba Artists, are also available for sponsorship.

There is an opportunity for businesses to endow a named scholarship in the business name, demonstrating support for young artists and Melba Opera Trust in perpetuity.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact our office on (03) 9944 2100.