2018 Awards – Open for Submission on 1st February 2018

The AOAC welcome your application for awards after the 1 st February and before close of business on 30th June. However before you apply please refer to the “Awards Guidelines” outline on the AOAC website.

Please send your resume, academic and operatic qualifications either via e-mail or postal submission. Submissions are to be sent to either:


Postal address: AOAC Awards PO Box 123 Rozelle NSW 2039

2017 Awards
AOAC Dame Joan Sutherland Award – $20,000
– Julie Lee Goodwin (soprano)
AOAC E Chang and E & K Ong Opera Award – $10,000
– Jenny Lui (soprano)
AOAC Sheila Prior Memorial Award (worth $5000)
– Michael Honeyman (baritone)

2016 Awards & Scholarships

The Australian Opera Awards Committee this year with the assistance of LYNDON TERRACINI AM Artistic Director of Opera Australia, is delighted to announce the 2016 winners of our Awards Scholarships.

AOAC E Chang and K & E Ong Opera Scholarship – Sarah Wang

Sarah Wang Headshot 2Sarah Wang first trained in classical dance and piano before her passion for classical singing led her to a Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the guidance of Dr Rowena Cowley. She has performed in a number of master classes, including with Barbara Frittoli, Wolfgang Holzmair, Claudia Visca, Stephen Delaney, Louise Callinan and Chuck Hudson. Sarah began her stage experience with Opera Lunacy (2009), Pacific Opera (2010), and sang her first opera role (Mozart, Barbarina, The Marriage of Figaro) with Opera New England. In competition, Sarah was a finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod’s Joan Sutherland Memorial Vocal Scholarship (21-25yrs) in 2013 and 2014, winning first place in 2014. She was also a recipient of Demant Dreikurs Scholarship as well as the ESTIVO scholarship in 2015. Sarah was also one of the young artists in the Pacific Opera in 2015. In 2016, Sarah was one of the finalists in Australian Singing Competition and won a total of 8 prizes including the Favoured Audience Prize, the SaarbrÜcken Opera House Prize, the Nelly Apt Scholarship, the Opera Australia Prize, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra Prize, and Christine Leaves Award. Sarah has participated in many charity concerts and supports CanRevive, the Sydney Cancer Council and Children with Disabilities Association. Sarah is currently in the United States pursuing her Master’s degree at the University of Southern California with Scholarship Funding under the guidance of Elizabeth Hynes.

The AOAC 2016 Joan Sutherland Scholarship is awarded to – STACEY ALLEAUME.A61 Stacey Alleaume

Stacey Alleaume is an Australian Citizen of French descent.

Musical Background: Studied a Bachelor of Music (Music Performance) at the University of Melbourne; Performance Program, The Opera Studio Melbourne; Istituto Italiano (Firenze, Italia); Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara, U.S.A). Awards and Scholarships: Winner – The Herald Sun Aria (2013), Winner – The Melbourne Welsh Male Choir ‘Singer of the Year’ (2013), Winner – Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Aria (2012), Finalist – Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonyge Bel Canto Award (2012), Winner – Waiariki Institute of Technology New Zealand Aria (2011), Winner – The Australian Youth Aria (2009).

Prior Scholarships: The Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust (2010), Amelia Joscelyne Reserve Scholarship, Ruskin Family Opera Award (2012)

Opera Australia Repertoire: Léïla: the Pearlfishers, Page: Rigoletto. Gretel: Hansel and Gretel, Pamina/Second Lady: the Magic Flute, Rosina: the Barber of Seville (Opera Australia Victorian Schools Tour)

Other Companies: Nannetta (cover): Falstaff (Teatro Pergolesi, Jesi, Italia); Gretel: Hansel and Gretel, Laetitia: The Old Maid and the Thief, Pamina: the Magic Flute, Zerlina: Don Giovanni (The Opera Studio Melbourne)

Stacey Alleaume is a member of the Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist’s Program.

She is keen to reconnect with her French roots and hopes one day to perform at the Opera Bastille in Paris.

The Keith and Eileen ONG and Emily CHANG 2016 Scholarship for an upcoming Australian talent in the ARTS is awarded to – TAHU MATHESON
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Tahu Matheson is an Australian Citizen and a Musician of great ability, talent and future potential

Musical background: he studied piano with Kalle Randalu in Germany; Oleg Stepanov and Natasha Vlassenko at the Queensland Conservatorium where he completed his Masters of Music. He has been a Member of Opera Australia’s music staff since 2007 and is a frequent accompanist for international artists including Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Yvonne Kenny, Emma Matthews.

Opera Australia repertoire:  Capriccio, Of Mice and Men, Barber of Seville, Lucia di Lammermoor, La bohème, Orpheus in the Underworld, Rigoletto, Aida, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, The Magic Flute, The Pearlfishers

Other Companies: Tahu has performed Rachmaninov Preludes Op 23 and the world première of Ten Concert Studies for Piano, written for him by Edwin Carr (New Zealand International Festival of the Arts – recorded on CD for international release by Kiwi Pacific Records). He has been the soloist in major concert venues throughout Australia and NZ, toured for Musica Viva and Chamber Music NZ, and has been broadcast on NZ and Australian radio and television. Tahu conducted a new Opera, entitled ‘Nelson’ in the United Kingdom  and has conducted many concerts, including in 2008 Beethoven’s Ninth Synphony for the 4MBS Festival in Brisbane.

The AOAC 2016 Sheila Prior Memorial Scholarship for special operatic talent this year is awarded to – MORGAN BALFOUR.

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Morgan Balfour holds a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance, Classical Voice from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Whilst there, she was awarded the Linda Edith Allen Award and Blanche and Hugh Campbell Singing Award for outstanding performance in her studies. In 2016, she commences a Master’s Degree in Opera at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music supported by the SFCM Sarlo Scholarship, and the Opera and Arts Support Group.

2016 has seen Morgan debut at the Brisbane Baroque Festival, performing the roles of Honour and ensemble in their production of King Arthur, as well as the soprano soloist in the Vivaldi: Women of the Pietà concert. In May she appeared in a series of concerts at the Coriole Music Festival; one of Australia’s top three chamber music festivals. Critics said of her performance, “With a lovely, highly listenable voice and outstanding responsiveness to word and mood, she was thoroughly wonderful…” (The Australian). She also performed the role of Merab in Saul at St James’s Church with the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus.

The Australian Opera Awards Committee is delighted to announce the winner of the 2016 Judith Ward Lieder scholarship – ZOE DRUMMOND.

2016-DRUMMOND-ZoeZoe was a semi-finalist in the IFAC Australian Singing Competition and selected unanimously by a panel of Judges presided by Lyndon Terracini. Zoe is a young Australian talent of great potential. She recently received the 2016 Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship’s Patrick & Vivian Gordon Award under the auspices of the Melba Opera Trust in Melbourne. And last year Zoe was awarded the RJ Hamer Opera Scholarship and the Sydney Opera House Opera Award.

Zoe completed a Bachelor of Music Performance (Voice) with First Class Honours at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she was received numerous accolades and awards for academic and musical excellence, and was chosen to perform exclusively in the Estivo Music Festival, Verona, Italy.

Zoe’s operatic highlights to date include Monica in Menotti’s ‘The Medium’ with Opera Prometheus, Papagena in Pacific Opera’s ‘The Magic Flute’, ‘Flora’ in Britten’s ‘The Turn Of The Screw’ with Victorian Opera and ‘Lucy’ in Menotti’s ‘The Telephone’ with Penrith Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed extensively as a soprano soloist, notably in Handel’s ‘Messiah’ at the Sydney Town Hall; and Britten’s ‘Rejoice in the Lamb’ with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. Zoe also regularly performs nationally and internationally with the Seven Sopranos and Voci Stupende.

All scholarship recipients are required to make themselves available to perform at the AOAC’s 2016 Awards Ceremony & Recital held this year in the UTZON ROOM of the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE on Sunday September 11, from 6-8:30pm, in the presence of, and accompanied by a speech from, longstanding Patron the Hon. Michael Kirby AO CMG.


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Postal address: AOAC Awards PO Box 123 Rozelle NSW 2039

The AOAC Awards this year were adjudicated by a Panel overseen by the artistic director of Opera Australia, Lyndon Terracini AM.