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.
We are delighted to announce the 2022 Bel Canto Award winners
Fleuranne Brockway - mezzo soprano
1st: JSRB Bel Canto Award $30,000 + trophy + a place in the 2023 Solti Accademia di Bel Canto in Italy. Cash prize donated by the Packer Family Foundation.
Best Mozart or Handel Aria: $5,000 donated by Mr & Mrs Nigel Tolley.
Audience Prize: $1,000 voted by the audience.
Jeremy Boulton - baritone
2nd: Richard Bonynge Award $10,000 donated by Richard Bonynge AC CBE.
Malcolm Donnelly Award: $2,500 donated by Dolores Donnelly.
Tait Memorial Trust Prize
Matthew Avery - bass baritone
3rd Prize: $7,000 donated by Helen Johnstone
Chloe Lankshear - soprano
Decca Award: $5,000 donated by Universal Music Australia
Lachlann Lawson - baritone
John Wegner Award: $5,000 donated by Mignon Wegner
Jake Bigwood - bass- baritone
Friends of the Foundation Award: $4,000
Gemma Nha - soprano
Margreta Elkins Encouragement Award: $1,000
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. The 2023 competition will be announced in the new year.
Click on the Rules & Criteria button above or here
OPEN TO ALL AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS OF ALL VOICE TYPES AGED 20-30 as of 30 November 2022.
Prizes: All finalists will receive a cash prize.
Previous first prize winners from 2011-2019 are unable to enter. Grants recipients are eligible to enter.