Welcome to the Elizabeth Connell Prize International Singing Competition.

Patrons: Richard Bonynge AC CBE, Dame Anne Evans DBE, Bernadette Cullen

2021 WINNERS ANNOUNCED - $69,000 in prize money awarded to eight singers from seven countries. 
The next competition will be held in 2022.

Videos of this year's winners can be found on the following ECP pages.

Oksana Sekerina (Russian Federation) $10,000 grant
Sigrid Bøe (Norway) $10,000 grant
Lauren Fagan (Australia) $10,000 grant
Leah Gunter (South Africa) $9,000 grant
Claire Barnett-Jones (Great Britain) $8,000 grant
Nina-Maria Fischer (Germany) $8,000 grant
Mikayla Sager (Canada) $7,000 grant
Yulia Shavarina (Russian Federation) $7,000 grant

The 2021 competition is to assist singers in the opera profession who have lost work due to Covid-19.
The prizes in 2021 will be in the form of cash grants.


In past years, the competition has been held over 3 rounds. Video application, then live auditions throughout the world with five finalists flown to Sydney to compete for the $25,000 first prize. Due to Covid-19, the organisers are presently unable to hold the competition this way. Until travel restrictions are lifted and borders remain open, the competition will be held online until further notice.

Created from a legacy left by the South African soprano Elizabeth Connell, the competition is open to SOPRANOS & MEZZO SOPRANOS of all nationalities aged 25-34 years as of 1 April in any given year. The competition is to financially assist female singers who are not necessarily dramatic singers now but who show the potential to move into the more dramatic repertoire. Since 2014, the ECP has awarded AUD$324,000 in prize money.

Trustees for the Elizabeth Connell Scholarship Fund
Elizabeth Corbett, Fiona Janes, Andrew Sinclair

Previous Judges
Throughout the competition, judges have included Richard Bonynge, Simone Young, Dame Anne Evans, Christa Ludwig, Ruth Falcon, Dame Ann Murray, James Morris, Deborah Polaski, Jane Eaglen, Christine Goerke, Sharon Sweet, Bernadette Cullen, Glenn Winslade, Marilyn Richardson, Nance Grant, Brenda Hurley, Patricia Price, Jennifer McGregor and Fiona Janes.

Donations & Bequests
Donations of $2 or more are fully tax deductible and can be made via direct deposit or by cheque.

Cheques to: “The Elizabeth Connell Scholarship Fund” – P.O. Box 2692 Bowral NSW 2576 Australia.

Direct Deposit
Bank: ANZ Bank
Acct Name: The Elizabeth Connell Scholarship Fund
Acct No: 4079 37962
BSB: 012 547
Swift Bic: ANZBAU3M

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 can also be made to The Elizabeth Connell Scholarship Fund. We would love to acknowledge your bequest so do tell us.
We also value your privacy, therefore, fully understand if you would rather keep your bequest private.

We are 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:

Major Donors
The Estate of Jesselene Simpson
Michael Barnes
Elizabeth Corbett & Mark Finlay
Universal Music Australia