Donations to Melba Opera Trust support the future of Australian opera singers and repetiteurs.

Melba Opera Trust is an independent charitable organisation. We rely entirely on philanthropic donations to deliver our world-class programs.

Our ability to provide financial support is underpinned by our growing capital endowment along with the return on our investments and the generous support provided by our dedicated community of benefactors.

All contributions support the journey of our exceptional artists and help us in our mission to inspire excellence, realise potential and forge careers.

Discover how to Make a Donation below or download our Donation Form.


There are 3 ways to Make a Donation to Melba Opera Trust. All donations of $2 or more are fully tax-deductible.

  1. Make an ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER (EFT) to the details below OR
  2. DOWNLOAD our DONATION FORM to email or post it directly OR
  3. CONTACT US and we can process your donation over the telephone.

ABN: 96 424 419 725. ACN: 004 239 490.


For electronic transfer our gift fund details are:

Account Name: Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust
BSB: 083-004
Account: 241738698
Reference: (please include your full name)


Download and complete a copy of our Donation Form to then send to our office via email or post to:

Melba Opera Trust
PO BOX 16081,
Collins Street West, VIC 8007


Contact Melba Opera Trust on (03) 9944 2100 and one of our team will process your donation.

Office hours are 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.


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 and/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 20018 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-Jan0e 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 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.

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.

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

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

Hannah Dahlenburg

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


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.