AOAC 2013 Scholarship Winners Announced

The winner of the 2013 AOAC Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship is baritone Michael Honeyman. Michael will receive the $20,000 award to further his budding career as a Verdi baritone. We wish him every success with his career and look forward to updates which will be posted on this site.
Michael Honeyman headshot
The winner of the inaugural E. Chang and E. & K. Ong Opera Scholarship is soprano
Eva Jinhee Kong.  Eva will receive the $10,000 award to assist her with her career development. The AOAC wishes her all the very best with her blossoming operatic career.


Mary-Jean O’Doherty wins Paris Opera Awards

AOAC congratulates Mary-Jean O’Doherty, 2008 Sheila Prior Award winner,
who has won 1st Prize in the Paris Opera Awards!

Mary-Jean (in red) pictured after being announced as winner of the POA.
The Grand Jury were Sherrill Milnes, Martina Arroyo & Daniel Lipton

Click on the links below to see and hear Mary-Jean sing her winning arias.

“Où va la jeune Hindoue”
“So War es mit Pagliazzo”
Queen of the Night

Killara Concerts cancelled for 2013

The AOAC wishes to apologies for any inconvenience caused to any person.

Any enquiries regarding tickets already purchased should be directed to the Treasurer, Warren Martin, 0418 169 727

2013 Awards Applications now closed


A panel is currently assessing the applications received for
The Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship – $20,000 and
The E. Chang and E. & K. Ong Opera Scholarship – $10,000

Winners will be notified in June 2013.
Please direct any enquiries regarding AOAC’s Awards to
Executive Director, Christine Douglas –



The Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship – $20,000 and
The E. Chang and E. & K. Ong Opera Scholarship – $10,000

CLOSING DATE – 5pm Thursday 28th March 2013

Go to our AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS  page to download your application forms now!

2012 Highlights of Opera a roaring success!

$10,000 donated for a new 2013 Scholarship thanks to Highlights! – watch this space….


Lorina Gore

“We had no idea what we were in for – what a great night!”

– audience member


Emily Edmonds

“Excellent concert congratulations to all involved and on awarding to Lorina Gore , her singing was exceptionally fine.”

– Bel Canto

Andrew Jones

“The concert of the year!”

– Patron

Brad Cooper

“Wow, what a concert! Fantastic soloists and magic world-famous music, unforgettable! 🙂

– Elena 2nd Violin, WSO

Lorina Gore and Richard Bonynge AC, CBE

“How come we don’t know more about the wonderful work of the AOAC?”

– audience member

Emily Edmonds & Clarissa Spata

“The WSO (Willoughby Symphony Orchestra) was a revelation!”

– Rolls Royce Car Club member


“It was absolutely my pleasure to be involved with the concert! I had such a wonderful time. And it was fantastic to be performing again with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra….”

– Brad Cooper – tenor – 2003 winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship.


“It really was such a pleasure to be a part of it, with such a wonderful group of young singers. Not forgetting the wonderful Nicholas Milton and Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, who also did a brilliant job….., I think it was a hugely successful evening of beautiful music.
I do hope it will inspire some sponsors to open up their wallets and further support the wonderful work that the AOAC does.”

– Lorina Gore – 2012 winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship.


“A wonderful show!”

– Member of Friends of the AOAC


AOAC Friends Program

The AOAC has launched our


Our new FRIENDS are listed below and we look forward to welcoming you at our events.

  • Margaret Baxter
  • Anne Chivas
  • Pat Conder
  • Diana Craddock
  • Ann Duffett
  • Michael Duffett
  • Olive Dunk
  • Joan Flood
  • Ingrid Garafal
  • Andrew & Janet Garvie
  • Cvetka Giustina
  • Lynne Greenwood
  • Dorie Levy
  • Claire McDonald
  • Janet McDonald
  • Lola Palmer
  • Brian Penhall
  • Linda Pringle
  • Ann Ryan
  • Mr E Sancbergs
  • Mrs E Sancbergs
  • Lois Walker
  • Sheila Warby
  • John Wood
  • Paula Yeomans

You too may have attended our functions with your friends.

Now we invite YOU to become one of OUR FRIENDS and deepen your involvement with the important work of the Committee

Would you like to become a FRIEND of the AOAC?

If so, join us and receive

–  early notice of events

–  quarterly newsletter

– special offers during the year

Membership is for calendar year – Jan to Dec

1 year’s membership $35

3 years’ membership $90

YES! I’d like to be part of the music world as a Friend of the AOAC.

Contact FRIENDS Manager Judi Martin on 9868 4920 OR at

Australian Opera Auditions Committee

PO Box  3044, West Lindfield, NSW, 2070  Ph: 0424 304 063

Annual Luncheon at NSW Parliament House

AOAC Annual Luncheon

The Chair & Members of the Australian Opera Auditions Committee Inc.
Request the Pleasure of Your Company for our

AOAC Annual Luncheon

at NSW Parliament House

Macquarie St ,Sydney
12 noon for 12.15 Tuesday 1st May 2012, event ends 2.45pm

Musical Interludes:

Dora Armannsdottir
Dora Armannsdottir, soprano from Opera Australia

Glenn Amer

Glenn Amer, pianist extraordinaire

Two course Luncheon, red & white wine, coffee & tea with chocolates –
Entrée card- $95

Click here for printable RSVP 

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