2020 Updated Competition - due to Covid-19 the 2020 competition has been temporarily postponed.
In future, entrants can Apply Online or Download an entry form and return
it to email@example.com or Sign up for updates.
Patrons: Richard Bonynge AC CBE, Dame Anne Evans DBE, Bernadette Cullen
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 sopranos now but who show the potential to move into the more dramatic repertoire.
To date $160,000 in scholarships and prizes 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, Glenn Winslade, Marilyn Richardson, Nance Grant, Brenda Hurley, Patricia Price, Jennifer McGregor and Fiona Janes.
Donations & Bequests
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 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 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
Trustees for the Elizabeth Connell Scholarship Fund
Elizabeth Corbett, Fiona Janes, Andrew Sinclair
Limelight Magazine - 2017
Limelight Magazine - 2016
Opera Magazine - 2015
Elizabeth Connell Bio
1st Prize: HANNAKAISA NYRÖNEN (34 from Finland)
Schläfst du, Gast, Die Walküre, R Wagner
Deh se piacer mi vuoi from La Clemenza di Tito by W A Mozart
2nd Prize: Sonja Šarić (Serbia)
3rd Prize: Kiandra Howarth (Australia)
Finalists Prizes: Felicia Moore (USA), Kseniia Galitskaia (Russian Federation)
Audience Prize: Sonja Šarić (Serbia)
2019 Elizabeth Connell Winner Hannakaisa Nyronen
CLAIRE DE MONTEIL (27 from France)
Es gibt ein Reich from Ariadne auf Naxos by R Strauss
Rusalka’s Song to the Moon from Rusalka by Dvorak
1st Prize: Claire de Monteil (France)
2nd Prize: Maria Natale (USA)
3rd Prize: Arminia Friebe (Germany)
FinalistsPrizes: Elizabeth Lewis (Australia), Maari Ernits (Estonia)
People’s Choice Award: Maria Natale (USA)
2018 Eizabeth Connell Winner Claire De Monteil
KATIE LOWE (31, from England)
Immolation Scene from Götterdämmerung by R Wagner – Katie Lowe
Suicidio from La Gioconda by Ponchiello – Katie Lowe
1st Prize: Katie Lowe (England)
2nd Prize: Silja Aalto (Finland)
3rd Prize: Emma McDermott (USA)
4th Prize: Fiona Jopson (Australia)
Lieder Prize: Silja Aalto (Finland)
People’s Choice Award: Emma McDermott (USA)
Universal Music Prize for each finalist.
2017 Elizabeth Connell Winner Katie Lowe
KSENIIA MUSLANOVA (34, from Russian Federation)
Lisa’s Aria from Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky – Kseniia Muslanova
Ritorna vincitor from Aida by Verdi – Kseniia Muslanova
Winner: Kseniia Muslanova (Russian Federation)
2nd Prize: Leah Gordon (Canada)
3rd Prize: Yasmine Levi-Ellentuck (Israel)
Finalist Prizes: Anna-Louise Cole (Australia), Mari Wyn Williams (Wales)
2016 Winner of the Elizabeth Connell Prize, Kseniia Muslanova from the Russian Federation
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
Anna Patrys from Poland with Maestro Richard Bonynge