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2023 JOAN SUTHERLAND & RICHARD BONYNGE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Soprano, Rebecca Gulinello wins the 13th annual JSRB Bel Canto Award 

1st Prize JSRB Bel Canto Award $30,000: Soprano, Rebecca Gulinello from Victoria is the 13th JSRB Bel Canto Award Winner. Rebecca also won the Georg Solti Accademia prize and Audience Prize of $1,000.
2nd Prize $10,000 Richard Bonynge Award: Bass baritone James Young from Victoria. James also won the $5,000 best Mozart aria prize. 
3rd Prize: $7,000 Soprano Felicity Tomkins from New Zealand. Felicity also won the Tait Memorial Trust Prize. 
4th Prize: $6,000 Donor Patron Award Bass baritone Alfred-Fonoti-Fuimaono from New Zealand. Alfred also won the Stimme Leib und Seele Mentorship Prize.
5th Prize: $5,000 John Wegner Award Bass baritone Matthew Avery form NSW.
(Photo L-R: Alfred Fonoti-Fuimaono, Felicity Tomkins, Rebecca Gulinello, James Young, Matthew Avery. (C) Zohar Izenberg of Izy Photos.)

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The Age limit has been increased to 32 as of 1 November 2023.
Open to all Australian and New Zealand singers.
Singers must have a Mozart or Handel aria and 4 other opera arias. Oratorio is accepted. 

Established in 2011, the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award is one of Australia's leading operatic singing competitions. Its aim is to promote the bel canto style of singing and repertoire synonymous with Dame Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge. Since inception, over $1.2million in scholarships has been awarded. 

Previous judges throughout the competition have included Richard Bonynge, Simone Young, Dame Anne Evans, Christa Ludwig, Ruth Falcon, Dame Ann Murray, James Morris, Deborah Polaski, Jane Eaglen, Bernadette Cullen, Simon O'Neill ONZM, Glenn Winslade, Marilyn Richardson, Nance Grant, Brenda Hurley, Lisa Gasteen, Patricia Price, Margaret Russell, Anson Austin, John Pringle, Jennifer McGregor, Michael Lewis, Ghillian Sullivan and Fiona Janes.

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OPEN TO ALL AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS OF ALL VOICE TYPES AGED 20-32 as of 1 NOVEMBER 2023.

Prizes: All finalists will receive a cash prize. 
Previous first prize winners from 2011-2019, 2022-2023 are unable to enter. Grants recipients are eligible to enter. 

Enquiries: belcantoaward@jsrbfoundation.com

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