Elizabeth Connell Prize for Aspiring Dramatic Sopranos
2017 PRIZE WINNERS ANNOUNCED
2017 Prizes in AUD – total value including travel $65,000
Elizabeth Connell Prize: $30,000 and an audition at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London. Katie Lowe (England)
2nd Prize: $10,000 Silja Aalto (Finland)
3rd Prize: $5,000 Emma McDermott (USA)
4th Prize: $3,000 Fiona Jopson (Australia)
Lieder Prize: $2,000 Silja Aalto (Finland)
People’s Choice Award: $1,000 donated by Michael Barnes Emma McDermott (USA)
Universal Music Prize for each finalist.
The Elizabeth Connell Prize
In memory of the late South African dramatic soprano Elizabeth Connell, this competition is to help assist the aspiring dramatic sopranos of the world. The competition is funded through a legacy left by Ms Connell which is administered by trustees and the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation.
Open to aspiring dramatic sopranos of all nationalities and sopranos who have the ability to sing dramatically. Professional and non-professional sopranos aged between 25-34 years as of 1 April 2017 will be eligible to enter. The competition is to financially assist sopranos who show the potential to move into the more dramatic repertoire.
4 x Operatic Arias – 1 aria must be by Verdi and 1 aria by R. Strauss or Wagner.
2 x German Lied – written for either piano or orchestra. Total duration 10minutes max.
Round 1: DVD of two contrasting arias by any composer and one German Lied + Application Form
Round 2: Approximately 30-40 singers will be chosen to compete in the city of their choice in this live round.
Round 3, 4 and 5: Five Finalists will be chosen from Round 2 to compete in Sydney for Rounds 3, 4 and 5.
Finalists will be paid up to $2000 to cover airfare costs to Sydney and will be billeted with local host families.
Round 2 Audition cities in 2017
Sydney: 5 June – Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
Melbourne: 8 June – Melbourne Opera
Zurich: 1 July – Zurich Opera
London: 7 July – Royal Opera House Covent Garden
New York: 10 July – Metropolitan Opera
Auckland: 14 July – New Zealand Opera
Preliminary Final: 14 September 2017 at 6.30pm – Independent Theatre
Finals Concert: 16 September 2017 at 4.oopm – Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Final Rounds Judged by Maestro Richard Bonynge AC CBE. Accompanied by David Harper
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Estate of Elizabeth Connell
Estate of Jesselene Simpson
Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London
Universal Music Australia
Peter’s of Kensington
West Australian Opera
The Metropolitan Opera
Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
KSENIIA MUSLANOVA (34, from Russian Federation)
2016 Winner, $20,000 – Kseniia Muslanova (Russian Federation)
2nd Prize: $6,000 – Leah Gordon (Canada)
3rd Prize: $5,000 – Yasmine Levi-Ellentuck (Israel)
Finalist Prizes: $3,000 – Anna-Louise Cole (Australia), Mari Wyn Williams (Wales)
JULIE ADAMS (27, from U.S.A.)
with Richard Bonynge
ANNA PATRYS (33, from Poland)
Winner of the 2014 Elizabeth Connell Prize and Trophy
View Anna’s winning arias on YouTube.
L’altra notte in fondo al mare from Mefistofele by Boito
Mild und leise from Tristan und Isolde by Wagner
Donations to the Elizabeth Connell Prize are fully tax deductibule and can be made through the Australian Cultural Fund.
We are also seeking an airline sponsor and accommodation sponsor for this prize. If you think you can help us with airfares or hotel or studio apartments in Sydney please contact the administration on +61 (0) 40 202 4118 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Connell Scholarship
P.O. Box 2692
Bowral NSW 2576 Australia
Royal Opera House Covent Garden – London, The Metropolitan Opera – New York, Opera Australia – Sydney, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Wagner Society of NSW, Zurich Opera, Universal Music, Roses Only, Digital Nexus, West Australian Opera, 2GB Radio, Paradice Investments.
Trustees for the Elizabeth Connell Scholarship Fund
Elizabeth Corbett, Fiona Janes, Annamaria Kinnon OAM, Andrew Sinclair