Elizabeth Connell Prize for Aspiring Dramatic Sopranos
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.
2018 Prizes – valued at $52,000 + up to $10,000 travel suppliment
1st Prize: AUD$30,000 + an audition at the ROH Covent Garden in London
2nd Prize: AUD$10,000
3rd Prize: AUD$5,000
Finalist Prizes: AUD$3,000
People’s Choice Award: AUD$1,000 donated by Michael Barnes
2018 Competition Criteria
Open to aspiring dramatic sopranos of all nationalities aged 25-34 years as of 1 April 2018 who have the potential and ability to sing dramatically. The competition is to financially assist sopranos who are not necessarily dramatic sopranos now but who show the potential to move into the more dramatic repertoire.
5 contrasting Operatic Arias – 1 aria by Verdi or Puccini, 1 aria by R. Strauss or R. Wagner + 3 arias of your choice.
Note: Repertoire by all composers will be allowed including the more lyric repertoire. The judges are not looking for the biggest voices nor do they want entrants to tackle repertoire that is not suited to this age group or their technical ability.
Entry fee: AUD$100
The Competition – Application Forms will be available for the next competition in January 2018
Round 1: DVD of two contrasting arias by any composer + Application Form, CV, Study Plan.
Round 2: Approximately 40 singers will be chosen to compete in the 2nd live round.
Round 3 and 4: Five Finalists will be chosen from Round 2 to compete in Sydney for Rounds 3 and 4.
Finalists will be paid up to AUD$2,000 to cover economy airfare costs to Sydney and will be billeted with local host families for the week.
Applications will close 3 April 2018
Round 2 Audition cities TBC – some dates outside of Australia may slightly change.
Perth: 21 May
Brisbane: 23 May
Melbourne: 24 May
Sydney: 25, 26 May
Auckland: 1 June
San Francisco: 3 June
New York: 5 June
London: 12 June
Berlin: 28 June
Sydney Finals Week – 26 August – 2 September 2018
Round 3 – Preliminary Final: 30 August, 2018
Round 4 – Finals Concert: 1 September 2018 at 4.oopm – Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Final Rounds Judged by Maestro Richard Bonynge AC CBE. Accompanied by David Harper
Mailing List: If you are interested in being on the mailing list for the Elizabeth Connell Prize please contact the foundation at: email@example.com
Event Sponsors in 2018
Peter’s of Kensington
$50,000+ Estate of Elizabeth Connell, Anonymous (1)
$20,000+ Melissa Cooper-Findlay, Anonymous (3)
$10,000+ Strone Properties Pty Limited
Venue Sponsors in 2018
West Australian Opera
The Metropolitan Opera
Royal Opera House Covent Garden
KATIE LOWE (31, from England)
1st Prize: $30,000 – 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 – Emma McDermott (USA)
Universal Music Prize for each finalist.
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 of $2 are more are fully tax deductibule and can be made via direct debit or by sending a cheque.
Cheques to: “The Elizabeth Connell Scholarship Fund” – P.O. Box 2692 Bowral NSW 2576 Australia.
Bank: ANZ Bank
Acct Name: The Elizabeth Connell Scholarship Fund
Acct No: 4079 37962
BSB: 012 547
(Please ensure you state your name as a reference and email us at econnellprize@jsrbfoundation as to how you would like to receive you receipt)
Bequests should also be to The Elizabeth Connell Scholarship Fund. We would love to acknoweldge your bequest so do tell us. We also value your privacy therefore fully understand if you would rather keep your intentions to yourself.
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
Universal Music, Digital Nexus, 2GB Radio, Paradice Investments.
Trustees for the Elizabeth Connell Scholarship Fund
Elizabeth Corbett, Fiona Janes, Annamaria Kinnon OAM, Andrew Sinclair