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The opportunity of a lifetime

The Australian International Opera Awards (AIOA) is one of Australia’s most prestigious vocal scholarships. The award provides the winner with the opportunity of a lifetime to complete their operatic studies at one of the world’s leading institutions - The Royal College of Music International Opera School, London (RCM International Opera School).

The AIOA was formed as Opera Foundation Victoria in 1983 by Jeanne Pratt, AC. Since then it has funded more than 30 young Australian opera singers to study in the best opera schools in the UK.

The Australian International Opera Awards (AIOA) in a new partnership with The RCM International Opera School offers a full tuition scholarship, plus travel and living expenses to the winner to participate in the year-long program at the school commencing in September and concluding in July each year.

The RCM International Opera School (RCMIOS) is one of the world’s leading training centres for opera. It offers operatic training at the highest level for performers from around the globe. Many of the world’s leading singers have passed through its doors.

The RCMIOS presents three fully-staged operatic productions a year in The Britten Theatre, which are attended by casting directors, artist managers and the international press. Many RCMIOS students move directly into young artist schemes at some of the world’s leading opera houses, or directly into fully fledged careers.

Members of the RCM International Opera School also have the opportunity to participate in workshops with significant members of the opera world. The annual programme of events includes a popular Opera Scenes series, providing singers with additional opportunities to work with professional directors in the production of semi-staged scenes in the Britten Theatre accompanied by piano.

In addition, every year the RCM International Opera School presents a number of innovative projects, including a regular collaboration with Tête-a-Tête and acclaimed director Bill Bankes-Jones, in which short operas by RCM composers are premiered.

The AIOA is a not for profit organisation managed by a Board of volunteers. The AIOA Music Board together with the RCM Head of Vocal and Opera selects the annual winner and, with the approval of the AIOA Board, awards the scholarship.

The Board of the AIOA together with The RCM International Opera School share a common belief in the talent of young Australian singers and will provide the scholarship to one singer who clearly demonstrates outstanding ability and a determination to succeed in pursuing an international operatic career.

See The RCM International Opera School, London for more information.