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The annual Sydney International Song Prize is to promote the study and performance of Art Song.

The 2022 Sydney International Song Prize is open to all singers and pianists aged 18 - 40. Five Finalists will be chosen to compete in the Final. Pianists may accompany no more than two singers.

Finals Judge: Richard Bonynge AC CBE

2022 Prizes - each finalist will receive a cash prize
2 x $3,000 
2 x $600
2 x $500
4 x $400

Audition process to be done either live or via video link - see full rules and criteria.
Live Auditions
Sydney - 14 August
Perth - 7 September
Melbourne - 8, 9 September TBC
Brisbane - 12 September

SISP Final - Sunday 20 November 2022, Independent Theatre - North Sydney

Held in conjunction with the 2022 JSRB Bel Canto Award. 

The competition was established in 2017 and is open to all classical singers (18-40) and pianists (18-40). A 18-20minute recital programme must be prepared by each duo and must include songs in at least two languages. Songs may be written for piano or orchestra. Complete cycles and part cycles acceptable. 

Entry fee $50 per duo.

2022 Partners
Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

Previous Winners

2019 Sydney Int. Song Prize 
2019 Winner: Daniel Macey
2019 Richard Bonynge Accompanist Prize in memory of Margaret Caldwell: Antonio Fernandez

2018 Sydney Int. Song Prize
2018 Winner: Jonathan Alley
2018 Richard Bonynge Accompanists Prize: Thomas Johnson

2017 Sydney Int. Song Prize 
2017 Winner: Phoebe Humphreys
2017 Richard Bonynge Accompanists Prize: Benjamin Burton

The Sydney International Song Prize is presented by the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation as part of its education and support of young singers.

If you are interested in donating to the Sydney International Song Prize please contact the Foundation on 0402 024 118 or at

Past Major Donors
Dr Bruce Caldwell
NSW Wagner Society

Right: Antonio Fernandez, Richard Bonynge, sponsor Dr Bruce Caldwell and Daniel Macey. (2019)

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