Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge

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The Foundation's aim is to perpetuate the memory and legacy of Dame Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge by fostering the next generation of operatic artists through our Scholarship Programme.

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JSRB Bel Canto Award

Established in 2011, the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award is to promote the bel canto style of singing and repertoire. This annual competition is open to singers aged 20-32.

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Elizabeth Connell Prize

Established in 2014 from a legacy left by the late South African soprano Elizabeth Connell, this annual competition is open to sopranos and mezzo sopranos under 35 who show the ability to sing the more dramatic repertoire.

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Sydney Intl Song Prize

The Sydney International Song Prize was established in 2017 for all singers and pianists to promote the study and performance of art song. Duos are required to present a twenty minute recital programme in the Final. 

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A Message from Dame Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge

For many years now it has been our very great pleasure to patronise and support The Joan Sutherland Society of Sydney and now Foundation. 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. Over the years we have been fortunate enough...

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