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2020 Updated Competition - due to Covid-19 the 2020 competition has been temporarily postponed.

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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.

Direct Debit
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:

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

News Items
Limelight Magazine - 2017

Limelight Magazine - 2016

Limelight Magazine

Opera Magazine - 2015

Other Links

Elizabeth Connell Bio