Melba Opera Trust relies entirely on philanthropic donations to continue to deliver our world-class Program, to inspire excellence, realise potential and forge careers for Australia’s most promising opera artists.

You can support our work by making a gift via bank transfer to the Melba Opera Fund. There are no transaction fees for gifts made via EFT.

BSB: 083-004  Account: 24 173 8698.  Please include your name in the reference.

Donations to Melba Opera Trust are made to the Melba Opera Fund, which is a tax deductible fund listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations under subdivision 30-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.  All donations of $2 or more to the Fund are tax-deductible.

Donations may also be made with your credit card via the form below, but please be aware that these will incur a service fee. Thank you for your understanding and for your donation.

If you are considering a large gift or would like to direct your contribution to an established scholarship, leave a bequest, or even establish a Named Endowment, please contact us directly.


Give Now is an Australian donation platform that facilitates secure online donations. You may access a record of all your donations through this form by establishing an account on their website. However, this is not required, and we encourage you to contact us directly for any donation questions or requests.

If you prefer to speak to us about alternative payment options, we encourage you to download our Donation Form here and contact us directly:, +61 3 9944 2100.


Melba Opera Trust is honoured to be the custodian of several established scholarship funds which are supported by a community of benefactors.  If you would like to direct your support towards the Amelia Joscelyne Memorial Scholarship, Ruskin Opera Scholarship, Reilly & Logie-Smith Mentor Endowment or the Repetiteur Program, please indicate your preference on the donation form. 

The freedom to plan ahead is made possible thanks to our regular givers. Indicating an annual gift or pledging an annual donation for a set number of years has an enormous impact on our artistic planning. Donors may indicate a preference to align their gifts with Melba Opera Trust programs, or alternatively a scholarship or program of interest.

Please contact our office on (03) 9944 2100 for further information on pledging an annual donation.

Continuing the foresight of our namesake, our bequest circle, Melba’s Will, celebrates donors who have chosen to make a provision for Melba Opera Trust in their Will. Legacy giving can be directed to general programs, support a particular program/ scholarship or establish a Named Endowment Fund in perpetuity. Some donors choose to make initial gifts during their lifetimes and then supplement via a Bequest.

Please contact our office on (03) 9944 2100 for further information on Melba’s Will Bequest Circle.

“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

Named Endowments provide perpetual support for a scholarship or one of our vital development programs.  A Named Endowment Fund requires a minimum commitment of $500,000 which can be structured through a combination of major gifts, pledges or a legacy commitment through our Melba’s Will bequest program. Acknowledgement of the perpetual fund is at the donor’s discretion.

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

We are always seeking new and interesting spaces to host our donor occasions and masterclasses. This support provides unique opportunities for donors to engage behind the scenes with Melba Opera Trust. We also seek volunteers to help with staffing our activities.

Should you wish to find out more about personally supporting Melba Opera Trust, please contact (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

The Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship was established in 1931 via Dame Nellie’s will, which bequeathed to the Albert Street Conservatorium the sum of £8,000 or the equivalent $1million in 2019 dollars.  Dame Nellie’s largesse resulted in The Albert Street Conservatorium being later renamed The Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music, which in 2018 became the Melba Opera Trust.

Melba directed through her will that the annual income from the fund be used to support the vocal and professional development of a young, female, opera singer “so that another Melba may arise”.

The Scholarship has been awarded for nearly 80 years and the inaugural recipient under the Melba Opera Trust was soprano Stephanie Gibson in 2009.

Since 2010, the Patrick & Vivian Gordon Award has been awarded in conjunction with the Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship. The inaugural recipient of the Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship and Patrick & Vivian Gordon ward was Jacqueline Porter.

Annie McFarling Opera Scholarship

Annie McFarling was steeped from a young age in the important role of philanthropy.  Her mother, Dame Patricia Mackinnon DBE was a substantial supporter of Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital among others.  It was Annie’s childhood friendship with our Founding Patron, Mary-Jane Joscelyne OAM, that drew her to the work of the Melba Opera Trust.   Annie, now retired from a career in public relations, established the scholarship in late 2017.

The inaugural recipient was mezzo-soprano Fleuranne Brockway in 2018.

John & Elizabeth Wright-Smith Scholarship

One of the early public performances by the new Melba Opera Trust was at Domain Chandon in September 2009.  One audience member was especially engaged, exclaiming “Bravo” after the performances.  General Manager Amy Black introduced herself to this man—John Wright-Smith.  John professed his love of opera and introduced Amy to his wife, Elizabeth.  Following many decades as a GP and Gerontologist, John and Liz, a nurse, retired to the Yarra Valley, to pursue their equestrian passion.  John and Liz were ‘early adopters’ of the Trust’s vision. As passionate advocates for music and the arts, John and Liz endowed what was the first scholarship with the newly established Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust.

The inaugural recipient was Baritone Nathan Lay in 2011.

Ryman Healthcare Opera Scholarship

Ryman Healthcare was founded in 1984 in New Zealand by a man seeking a retirement home for his mother.  After visiting a number of facilities, he was inspired to establish a better way of looking after people, and one where the care offered would be “good enough for mum”.  More than 30 years later, Ryman Healthcare has grown to become the largest retirement village operator in New Zealand and a significant operator in Victoria.  Ryman Healthcare names their villages after significant individuals and then engaging in philanthropic, community activities related to that individual.  Ryman approached the Melba Opera Trust in 2018 to in relation to naming their latest facility in Brandon, Victoria in honour of Dame Nellie Melba.

In keeping with the company’s philanthropic values, Ryman Healthcare established an endowed scholarship in 2018, and Baritone Samuel Piper is the inaugural recipient in 2019.

Amelia Joscelyne Memorial Scholarship

Amelia Joscelyne was a promising voice student at the Melba Memorial Conservatorium in the late 1980s.  Her tragic death while a student at the Conservatorium motivated the Joscelyne family and wide circle of friends to establish the Amelia Joscelyne Memorial Scholarship 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.

The “Amelia” has been awarded for 30 years, and the inaugural recipient under Melba Opera Trust was Siobhan Stagg in 2009.

Joseph Sambrook Opera Scholarship

After major international careers in biological research, Professors Joseph Sambrook and Mary-Jane Gething retired to Melbourne, the place of Mary-Jane’s birth.  Joe, in particular, has had a lifelong love of opera, having sung as a boy chorister in the UK for the likes of Benjamin Britten.  Joe and Mary-Jane approached the Trust in 2012 to explore the establishment of a bequest.  As they learned more about the work the Trust, their own experiences with young researchers cultivated a deep appreciation for the value of mentorship for young singers.

Joe and Mary-Jane endowed the Scholarship in 2013 and bass-baritone Jeremy Kleeman was the inaugural recipient of this award, in 2014.

Paulette Bisley Opera Scholarship

Paulette and Warwick Bisley retired to the Yarra Valley following decades of living overseas for Warwick’s career in the international energy and minerals industry.  Warwick and Paulette have nurtured life-long passions for music and the arts, and Paulette’s mother was an accomplished singer.  They were introduced the Trust by another Yarra Valley resident and long-time Melba supporter, Jenny Sutherland, who is Dame Nellie’s grand-niece.  Warwick and Paulette had already established an engineering scholarship at Melbourne University in Warwick’s name, so when they decided to endow a scholarship with the Melba in 2014, they did so under Paulette’s name and in so doing honoured Paulette’s mother, an accomplished singer.

The inaugural recipient of this award was Daniel Carison in 2015.

Eleanor Blakemore Opera Society Scholarship

Lead by its Chair, Valma Allaway, the Opera Society first established a scholarship through Melba Opera Trust in 2013. The society has a membership of over 300 opera enthusiasts and funds underpinning the scholarship are raised annually through member lunches, social activities and fundraising initiatives. They are passionate about helping young opera singers access the development opportunities their talent deserves.

Eleanor Blakemore was a long-standing member of Opera Society and, through her estate, bequeathed a generous fund to grow the Opera Society’s support for this scholarship.

The inaugural recipient was Robert Barbaro in 2013.

Ruskin Opera Scholarship

In 2004 Jeremy Ruskin and Roz Zalewski instituted the Alfred Ruskin Recital Award through the Melba Conservatorium of Music. The Award was initially made in memory of Jeremy’s late father, Alfred Ruskin AM who was Chair of the Conservatorium from 1972 until 1996.

When the Melba Opera Trust was established, the Award transitioned to the Ruskin Opera Scholarship and continues to be supported by a loyal syndicate of Roz and Jeremy’s family and friends.  Roz Zalewski-Ruskin has been Chair of Melba Opera Trust since the end of 2017.

The inaugural recipient of the Ruskin Opera Scholarship was Stacey Alleaume in 2012.

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 lectured at the Melba Conservatorium of Music in addition to examining for the AMEB and adjudicating many of Victoria’s preeminent eisteddfods and musical 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 her honour, her children, Andrew and Fiona Cochrane, established the Margaret Schofield Opera Scholarship, initially offered through Melba Conservatorium and more recently offered through Melba Opera Trust. Over the years the scholarship has been awarded in support of concert pianists, opera singers and currently, Melba Opera Trust’s repetiteur scholarship.

The inaugural recipient of the Margaret Schofield was Sophie Yelland in 2010 with Simon Bruckard and Jonathan Wilson sharing the 2016 award with its renewed focus on Repetiteur Scholars.

Mel & Nina Waters Award

Emeritus Professor Mel Waters was the 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.

The inaugural recipient of the Mel & Nina Waters award was Nathan Lay in 2011.

“ that another Melba may arise.”



We were honoured to receive news in October 2015 that HE The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria & Mr Anthony Howard AM QC accepted the appointment of Patrons-in-Chief during the Governor’s terms 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

Mary-Jane Gething & the late Joseph Sambrook

John & Elizabeth Wright-Smith

PATRON ($250,000 – $499,999)

Peter Reilly & Linton Soderholm

Roz Zalewski-Ruskin & Jeremy Ruskin QC

GRAND CIRCLE ($100,000 – $249,999)

Charles Allen AO & Jocelyn Allen

Janet Calvert-Jones AO & John Calvert-Jones AM

A/Prof Andrew Cochrane

Dr Fiona Cochrane

Joseph Diflo

Diana Gibson AO

The late Lady April Hamer

Peter Laver AM & Anne Laver

David & Sallie Prior

Andrew Sisson AO

DRESS CIRCLE ($50,000 – $99,999)

Andrew & Victoria Fox-Smith

Louise M. Gourlay OAM

Peter Griffin AM & Terry Swan

Peter Hansen OAM & Neroli Hansen

Ann & the late Ian McFarling

Kate & Stephen Shelmerdine

GALLERY CIRCLE ($25,000 – $49,999)

James & Judith Beattie

Ernest Dawes OAM OBE & Nola Dawes

Val Diamond & John Funder AC

Ian Dickson & Reg Holloway

Rose Downer & John Downer AM

Frank & Judith Firkin

Dale & Ian Johnson

David Jones

The Family of the late Jack McLeish

The Hon Justice John & Mrs Judith Middleton

Tom & Ruth O’Dea

Lady Potter AC CMRI

Anita Simon

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 AM & Margot Costanzo

Peter & Jan Clark

Kevin & Margaret Collecutt

Dr Helen M Ferguson

Matthew Field

Nance Grant AM MBE & Ian Harris

John & Jo Grigg

Hon Peter Heerey AM QC & Mrs Sally Heerey

Hans & Petra Henkell

Margaret & Trevor Holborow

Gill & Giles Hunt

Dr Alastair Jackson AM

Suzanne Kirkham

Elizabeth Lithgow

Robert G Logie-Smith AM & Sue Logie-Smith AM

Patricia McKenzie

Graeme Parncutt

Helen Paterson

Judith Robinson & the late Michael Robinson AO

Margot & Warwick Ross

Phillip & Susan Schudmak

John E Smith

Jennifer & David Sutherland

Dr Michael Troy

The Hon. Justice Michael Wheelahan & Cathryn Wheelahan

MAESTRO CIRCLE ($5,000 – $9,999)

Philip Bacon AM

The Hon Justice David Beach & Marea Beach

Marc Besen AC & Eva Besen AO

Dr Dianne & Lino Bresciani, Youth Music Foundation of Australia

Elizabeth Brown

The Hon Alex Chernov AC QC & Elizabeth Chernov

Sandy Clark & Marie McDonald

Catherine & Mark Clisby

Jillian Cobcroft

Ann Cole

Rosie Cunningham

David Curtain QC & Sally Curtain

Hilary Day & the late Arthur Day AM

Jane Douglass AM

Sir Andrew & Lady Fairley Foundation

Catherine & the late Roger Freeman

Fleur Gibbs

Peter & Elizabeth Goodman

Christine Hughes

Darvell Hutchinson AM & Barbara Hutchinson

Mary-Jane Joscelyne OAM

Anne Kantor AO & the late Dr Milan Kantor OAM

Bryan Keon-Cohen AM QC & June Keon-Cohen

John Kiely & the late Lorraine Elliott AM

Lesley King

Kathryn Kings

Dr Peter A Kingsbury

Julie Lidgett

Peter Mander & Walter van Nieuwkuyk OAM

Suzanne Maple-Brown

Mary-Ruth & Peter McLennan

Margaret & the late Patrick Mills

Susan Morgan

Diane & Tim Morris

The late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC; DBE

Geoffrey Norris

Miki Oikawa

The late Nancy Petersen and daughter, Dale

Tony & Elizabeth Rayward

Aubrey Schrader

Graham Sellars-Jones

Sue Stanley & the late Richard Stanley QC

Gillian Storey AM

Rob Thomas

The Lord & Lady Vestey

Prof Mel & Nina Waters

Cameron Wenck

Paul Worthington

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MELBA CIRCLE ($1,000 – $4,999)

C A Alston

Dr Patricia Armstrong-Grant OBE

Robbie S. Barker

The Beale Family

Judy & Michael Begg

Elizabeth Beischer

Simon Bell & Jennifer Coghlan-Bell

Kenneth Betts

Ann Blainey

Chris Blanden QC

Caroline Brain

Jonathan & Anne Breadmore

H & J Burger

The Hon Justice David Byrne & Jenni Harris

Adrienne & The late Ross Cameron

J S Chambers Foundation

Dr M P Chipman

Janet Clark & the late John Clark AM

Libby Colenso

Jim Cousins AO & Libby Cousins

Caroline & Glenn Crane

Mr John Craven

Shaneen Crouch & the late Michael J Crouch AO

Charles Curran AC & Eva Curran

Mrs David Darling

Bruce & Pat Davis

Ros & John Dowling

Terry & Linda Elliott

Jack & Vivian Fajgenbaum

The Hon Diana Fisher OAM

Barbara Fleischer

Shirley Fong

William J Forrest AM

The Hon Saffron Foster

Jenny Fullard

Peter Garnick

Christina Gebhardt & the late Peter Gebhardt

Annie Gibson

Dr R & Ms K H Grinberg

Elisabeth Guinness

Hugh Hallard

The Hon Hartley Hansen AM QC & Mrs Rosalind Hansen

Bill Hayward OAM & Alison Hayward

Dr Martin & Jacqui Higgs

Her Hon Judge Frances Hogan

Robert Hook

Peter Hordern

Rosemary & David Houseman

Dr Sam Howes & the late Margaret Howes

Penelope Hughes

Alison Hyams

Cynthia Jackson AM

Barry & Prue Johnson

Lewis & Paula Johnson

William M.P. Jones

Grace & the late George Kass

Julia King

Anthony Knight OAM & Beverly Knight

Peter & Barbara Kolliner

Lynne Landy & John Landy AC MBE

Joy Laurence

Deirdre & The late Hon Justice Leo Lazarus

Valerie & Dr Roger Le Maitre

John & Erin Lidgerwood

Janet Limb AO

Norma Lithgow

Dr Bruce & the late Dianne Livett

Colin Lovitt QC & Margaret Lovitt

Probus Club of Melbourne Inc.

Marin Charitable Trust

David & Jane Martin

Margaret Mayers

Barbara Mayes

Denys & Ingeborg McCullough

Ian McDonald

Dr Sue McNicol QC

Ross McPherson AM

Dr Bryan Mendelson & Mrs Debora Mendelson

Fiona Menzies

James Mighell SC

Michael & the late Judy Morrison

Kristin Moses

Dr Kenneth Muirden AO & Lesley Muirden

Kris Neill

Margaret Nevett

Liz Nield

Rosemary Norbury

Stephen O’Meara QC & Kate Galvin

Jocelyn & the late John O’Neil

Sarah Patterson

Joan Pigdon

Roger & Catherine Poole

The late Joy Potter

Ms Georgia Bassingthwaighte & Mr Andrew Powell

Clare & David Pullar

Kenneth R Reed AM

Greg J Reinhardt AM

Janice Roberts & Achim Leistner

Alexander & Rosemary Roche

Tom & Elizabeth Romanowski

Dr Paul & Gay Rosen

Margaret S Ross AM

Mr Nick Ruskin & Dr Annette Shiell

Susan Santoro

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

Barbara Soulie

Lyn Stephenson

Emma Stephenson & Joanne Smith

Jo Strutt

Swindel-Hurst Family Trust

Hugh & Liz Taylor

Leslie C. Thiess

Rob & Ruth Thomas

Dr George Tippett AM

Sylvia Urbach

Geoffrey Webb

Messrs Grant Johnson & Steven Wharton

Alexander G. White

Christine Williams

James & Clytie 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 OAM

Michael & Margaret Arnott

Rosie Baer

Phillippa Baker

Meredith & the late John Baldwin

Geraldine Barnes & Donald Buckett

Rosetta Baron

Michael & Mim Bartlett

Fran Batrouney

Gemma Baxter

Jim & Tui Beggs

Margie & the late Robert Beggs

David & Sinead Berry

Fiona Bisko

Amy & Clayton Black

Diana Boehme

Wendy Borthwick

Gary Brill & Paola Battengo

Judy Brodribb

David Brown

Harvey & Suzie Brown

Jane Brownfield

Margot, Lady Burrell

Dorothy Button

Lucy & Frank Calabria

Mrs Noel Calvert

Ron & Ruth Cameron

Sarah Campbell

James & Jenny Campbell

R. Campbell & B. Parncutt

Colin Carter

Judy Casey

Prof Lynette Casey-Brereton

Elaine & Adrian Castellini

Louisa Christie

Pauline Cleary

Christine Clough

Rosie Cocklin

Anne Collins

B Collison

Comvision Victoria

Rosemary Creswell

W E Cromby

Gretchen & the late Noel Crosling

Jan Croucher

Madeleine Culbert

Lyn Cummings

Cara Cunningham

Cherrie Cunningham

Hannah Dahlenburg

Diana & Ian Daly

Laurie David

Marie T A David

Jan & James Davies

Janice & Richard Davies

Lucas de Jong ACMM

Charles De Long

Bernard & Sarah Depasquale

Angus Dixon & Val Armstrong

Des & Margaret Dodds

Jens & Kate Dowling

Rosemary Dowling

Marion Downe

Dr William Downey

Elizabeth Duffield

Robert Dugdale

Stephanie Dundas

Margaret Dunn

Rodger Eade & Margot Milne

Eric Easton

Jenifer Eddy OAM

George & Laila Embelton

Dr John & Maggie Faulkner

Garry A Fehring

Anne Fenner

Cluny Ferguson & Rohan Skinner

Helen & Paul Finn

Lucinda Forwood

Diane Francis

Dennis Freeman

A/Prof Jane & Jim Freemantle AO

Mr Glenn Fryer

Paula Fulton

Pamela Furnell & Prof Lester Johnson

Richard & Waylin Galbraith

Leona Geeves

Olivia Giglia

Georgia Gillam

Ross Gillies QC

Sir Archibald Glenn OBE & Lady Glenn

Dr Fiona Glover

Cathering Ann Godony

John Goldberg

Gove Family

Tony & Sue Graham

Sir Andrew Grimwade CBE & Lady Grimwade

Alexandra Grimwade

Suzanne Grogan

Colin & Judy Gronn

Sue & Roger Haldane

John & Susie Hall

Dr Geoffrey Hall AM & Nonie Hall

Chris Hamer

Tim Hannah

Brian Hansford

Shona & Richard Harding

Amanda Hardy-Lai

Maree Harrison

Elaine & Bob Hayes

Jacqueline & James Hayes

Fern Henderson

Cathy Henry

Dr John Higgins

Michael & Margaret Hilditch

Sinclair Hill AM OBE & Wendy Hill

Helen Hiscock

Jack & Ella Hodgson (nee Banner)

Robin & Peter Hone

Pauline Hook

Judy Hooper

Henning Horn

Neil Inall OAM & Anne Innall

Peter & Penelope Inge

Ian & Prue Ingham

Inglis Family

Robyn Jarvis

Christine Johnston

Kay & Greg Jopson

Matthew Joscelyne

Kevin & Barbara Kane

Veronica & Walter Kastelan

Michael & Claire Kearins

Peter & Wendy Keating

Liane Keegan

Lyane Kelynack

K Khoo & Kate Chen

Bob Kingman

David & Margaret Knight

Tony Kosky OAM & Victoria Kosky

Dr David & Belinda Kram

Juliet & Toby Lawson

Diana Lempriere

C Lethborg

Tony & Helen Lewis

Dr Anne Lierse

Michael Liffman & Virginia Routley

Dr John Lill OAM & Rosemary Lill

Trudy Lindblade

Sheila Little

John & Jenny Lorimer

Ian Lowe

Betty Lynch

Marga Macdonald

Carissima MacDonald

Capt Hamish & Frances MacGowan

Rosemary MacIndoe

Sarah Mahon

Judy Manifold

John & Kate Manton

Sally Marshall

Lady Suzanne Martin

Elizabeth Ann Mattingly

Charles Maxwell

Arnold Mayfield & Deborah Bannister

Nicky McCartney

Juliet McFarlane

Carolyn McFarlane

Eve McGlashan

Sarah McIntyre

Christopher McLeod

Deborah & Duncan McNab

Gerard & Roisin Meehan

Grainne Meehan

Ronald Meldrum QC & Margot Meldrum

Peter & Jocelyne Mitchell

Jamie Moffat

Isobel & John Morgan

William & Andrew Morris

Dr Peter & Mrs Susie Muller

Lee-ann Nazzari

John & Penny Nelson

Richard & Ladi Nemec

Stephen & Sandra Nicholas

Peta & Phil Nicholl

Her Honour Julie Nicholson

Sir Gustav & Lady Nossal

Alexandra & Brian Nugent

Anne & Murray Oakleigh

Howard & Judy Obst

John & Gabrielle O’Connor

Mrs Diana-Rose Orr

Moffatt Oxenbould AM & Graeme Ewer AM

Roslyn Packer AC

The Hon Justice Tony & Margaret Pagone

John Parncutt

Bruce Parncutt AO

Denis & Mrs Parry-Okeden

The Hon David Parsons & Christine Nathan

Patsy Patten

Tutti Pike

Lyn Pike

Prof John Poynter AO; OBE & Marion Poynter

Valerie Rae

Ann Randall

Richard & Vivienne Reed

Elizabeth Reid

Renaissance Tours

Cynthia Richards

Eda Ritchie AM

Julie Robertson

Bill & Joan Robinson

Faye Rodgers

Belinda & the late Ian Roper

Johanna Rosenthal

Judge Aileen Ryan QC

Mary Ryan

Mary Ryllis Clark

Margie Rymill & Richard Vincent

Jan & Graeme Salthouse

Merran Samuel

Libby Saunders & the late Del Bobeff

Glenda Sayers

Lynette Schiftan

Catherine & Robert Scott

Sheila Scotter

Simon & Wendy Seward

Robin Shand

William Sharpe

Jenny Shelmerdine

Nick & Helen Sidoryn

Mr George & Mrs Alison Simon

Fay A Simson

Philip Solomon

Kate & Philip Spanton

Mr Ian & Mrs Lin Stanway

Jerry Stern

Gail Stewart

Benita Stribley

Elizabeth & Ivan Sutherland

Elaine Sutton

Jillian Symons & Ken Forge

Jim Tehan

Bettina Terry

Linda Thompson

Ms Leonie Thompson & The Hon. Ray Finkelstein

Robert Thomson & Hugh Ratten

Paul & Amanda Timmins

John Tracey

The Hon Justice Richard Tracey

Edith Trenerry

Simon & Mary Ann Trumble

Peta Tsindos

Elisabeth & Peter Turner

Murray Vagg

Caroline Vaillant

Dana Van de Wiel

Susan Verge

Jasmin Verginis

Voshege Family

Felicity Gay Voss

Graeme Wall OAM & Margot Cory-Wall OAM

Mr David & Mrs Margaret Walsh

Mr John Walton AM & Mrs Carolyn Roberts

Wendy Watson

Pamela Webster

Liz Weeks

Emma Welsh

Patricia White

Allen & Libby Williams

Julia Wilson

Michael Wright QC & Maxine Cooper

Barbara Yuncken

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Melba’s Will Bequest Circle

Dr Patricia Armstrong-Grant OBE

Michael Bertram

Garry A Fehring

Ian & Dale Johnson

Mary-Jane Joscelyne OAM

Ann McFarling

Diane Morris

Mary Ryllis Clark

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

         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


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


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