Welcome to the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation
In 2014, among the year’s highlights, the Foundation will present the fourth annual Bel Canto Award for young singers on 13 September and introduce the Elizabeth Connell Prize for aspiring Dramatic Sopranos. We will also present Handel’s RODELINDA in concert in Melbourne on 3 October, conducted by Maestro Richard Bonynge plus our annual fund raising gala Bel Canto Evening Dinner on 28 August at Le Montage in Lilyfield, Sydney. We sincerely thank all our supporters and look forward to meeting you at one of this year’s events.
Bel Canto Award Applications Available on 3 March.
Closing Date for Entries: 2 May
Download 2014 Elizabeth Connell Prize
Closing Date for Entries: 30 April
The Art is in the Giving – 2014 Sponsorship Appeal
1000 people to each donate $100 or more!
Can you help us raise the necessary $100,000 we need each year?
As a mainly volunteer organisation with no Government and Arts Council funding, we rely heavily on support from the community and corporate sector. Whether it be by offering a prize or prize money for one of the Bel Canto finalists, sponsoring the Georg Solti Accademia prize, providing travel expenses, airfares, advertising costs, venue hire costs, printing costs, catering or by simply making a tax deductible donation to the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Opera Foundation, it all helps. Why not help sponsor the Foundation today and become a part of the Sutherland/Bonynge legacy of nurturing our most talented young singers. See our Donation page for more details.
2014 Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award, Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto in Italy and Verbier Festival in Switzerland.
In 2014 the Bel Canto Award Winner will take part in the Solti Verbier Opera Project. Two of the world’s leading voice academies – the Georg Solti Accademia in Italy and the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland – are joining forces to create a world-class initiative for exceptional young singers beginning in the summer of 2014. A semi-staged performance of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore will be presented on 3 August by alumni students from the Solti and Verbier Academies with the Verbier Festival Music Camp Orchestra conducted by Jesús López-Cobos and directed by Sir Thomas Allen.
Additionally, twelve GSA students will take part in the three-week vocal course in Castiglione della Pescaia in July 2014, working with mastersincluding Leo Nucci, Mariella Devia, Richard Bonynge and Dennis O’Neill. Bel Canto winner Naomi Johns will be among those students. This course will end with a visit to Verbier for a Masterclass with Thomas Hampson and a concert performance on 24 July as part of the Festival. Some of these singers will then be invited to return in the summer of 2015 toparticipate in the next semi-staged opera performance in Verbier. The Solti Verbier Opera Project is made possible by the Rolex Institute. This is alife-changing opportunity for our Bel Canto Award winners, thanks to the Solti Accademia and Verbier Festival.
For many years now it has been our very great pleasure to patronise and support The Joan Sutherland Society of Sydney. Since its inception in 1978, a small group of dedicated opera supporters has worked tirelessly to provide performance opportunities and much needed financial assistance in the form of scholarships and grants, helping inspire and nurture many of our young Australian opera singers to establish their careers.