UPCOMING EVENT

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AIOA END OF YEAR CELEBRATION
Tuesday 27 November 2018 at 6.30pm, The Alexandra Club, Melbourne.

Join us for a wonderful evening of glorious singing with soprano Rebecca Rashleigh and guest artist tenor Michael Lapina joined by MC Roger Lemke

See Trybooking for more details. www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=439246&.

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LATEST NEWS

AIOA announces the 2018 award winner is Fleuranne Brockway - Mezzo Soprano

The AIOA awards Australia’s most prestigious vocal scholarship, this year offered in association with the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London.  Together, the AIOA and the RCM are delighted to announce that the recipient of their 2018 scholarship is Fleuranne Brockway.

Fleuranne is an exciting young mezzo-soprano from Perth. She completed her Bachelor of Music in Classical Vocal Performance in 2016 under the tutelage of Megan Sutton at the University of Western Australia.  She has since furthered her vocal studies with Gregory Yurisich AM.

In 2016, Fleuranne made her company debut with Victorian Opera in the role of Madame de la Haltière in Massenet’s Cendrillon.  Later she originated the role of Mrs Mayor in the world premiere of The Pied Piper.

Since 2017 Fleuranne has been a Wesfarmers Arts Young Artist with West Australian Opera.  She is the current recipient of the Ruskin Opera Scholarship and the inaugural Annie McFarling Opera Scholarship with the Melba Opera Trust.

This year she will make her main-stage debut with West Australian Opera in the role of Mercédès in their upcoming production of Bizet's Carmen. Following the production Fleuranne will take up her scholarship at the Royal College of Music Opera Studio.

In accepting the AIOA scholarship, Fleur said: “I am thrilled and delighted. It is a huge honour to receive a position in this prestigious program and I can’t wait to make the most of this incredible opportunity."

The AIOA, in this new partnership with the RCM, offers a full tuition scholarship, plus travel and living expenses for the winner.  Fleuranne will participate in the opera program at the school commencing in September 2018.  The scholarship is valued at $70,000.

The RCM Opera Studio 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 and many of the world’s leading singers have passed through its doors. Each student benefits from rigorous training which is sensitive to their individual needs. Replicating professional conditions is the hallmark of the RCM’s approach to operatic training; students work regularly with a team of coaches, musicians and theatre professionals and perform in acclaimed productions in the first-class Britten Theatre.

The Chairman of AIOA William Cowan AM said: “For 35 years we have encouraged and supported young Australian singers who aspire to perform on the world stage.  We are delighted that Fleuranne will have the opportunity to study at the RCM.  Our continuing goal is to offer our young Australian winners the very best preparation for a professional career in international opera.”

The Head of Vocal and Opera at the RCM, Nick Sears said ”Our goal in joining with the AIOA is to support outstanding Australian vocal talent.  Our proud heritage of developing Australian singers makes the RCM a natural home for winners of the AIOA scholarship. Our program acts as a bridge to the opera profession and a safe environment in which to hone all the skills required for a successful career as a professional opera soloist.”

For more information contact Roger Lemke – Chairman of the AIOA Music Board on 0416 298887

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CONGRATULATIONS TO BRONTE ZEMLIC - 2017 AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL OPERA AWARDS WINNER

The Australian International Opera Awards announces the 2017 AIOA Scholarship has been awarded to young mezzo-soprano Bronte Zemlic. In addition to this award, a special AIOA Study Award has been awarded to Fiona McArdle from South Australia.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO NATHAN LAY - 2016 AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL OPERA AWARDS WINNER

The Chairman of the Australian International Opera Awards (AIOA), William Cowan AM, is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2016 AIOA Scholarship is baritone Nathan Lay.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO MATTHEW REARDON - 2015 AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL OPERA AWARDS WINNER

The Chairman of Australian International Opera Awards, William Cowan AM, is delighted to announce that Matthew Reardon has been awarded the 2015 AIOA Scholarship for an academic year's study at the Wales International Academy of Voice (WIAV).
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BILL COWAN - MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA DAY HONOURS
JANUARY 2015

We congratulate Bill Cowan, who was awarded an AM for significant service to the community through educational, medical research and arts organisations, and to business at the 2015 Australia Day Honours.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO PANAYIOTA KALATZIS - 2014 AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL OPERA AWARDS WINNER

Brisbane born soprano Panayiota Kalatzis has been awarded the 2014 Australian International Opera Awards Scholarship.
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30TH ANNIVERSARY GALA DINNER
SEPTEMBER 2013

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Australian International Opera Awards, a gala dinner was held on Thursday 12 September 2013 at the majestic Raheen, home of Jeanne Pratt.

Over 90 supporters of the awards program enjoyed the event which included a recital by two of Australia's outstanding artists Tiffany Speight and Carlos Barcenas accompanied by David McNicol. The dinner raised over $35,000 which was an outstanding result and will be directed towards supporting future winners of the award.

The Board recognises the support provided by Jeanne Pratt and we thank her for her generous and ongoing support of the awards.


NANCE GRANT - MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA AWARD
JUNE 2013

Nance Grant - One of Australia's greatest soprano's awarded an AM in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours Awards. As one of Australia's foremost dramatic sopranos during the 1960s, 70s and 80s, Nance was recognised for her significant service to Music and to the Performing Arts in Australia and awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

Nance has been a member of the AIOA family for many years and served as both Chair of the Music Board as well as Board Member and we together with all of Nance's many supporters offer our most sincere congratulations on this outstanding achievement.


WELCOME TO ROGER LEMKE - NEW CHAIRMAN ON THE AIOA MUSIC BOARD
MAY 2012

Roxane Hislop recently retired as the Chairman of the AIOA Music Board after two years of dedicated service and we are delighted to announce that Roger Lemke will now step into the role as Chairman of the Music Board.

Roger Lemke is one of Australia's leading baritones and has achieved the rare success of combining a successful career in opera, concert singer as well as a performer in music theatre.

For almost 30 years, Roger has appeared in leading roles with all of the major opera companies in Australia and New Zealand and music theatre productions including Cameron Mackintosh's Les Miserables and Cats. He performs as a guest artist in concert with some of the country's leading orchestras and has appeared on national television broadcasts such as Carols by Candlelight.

Throughout his career, Roger has demonstrated a great passion for opera and is committed to helping nurture young performers in the early stages of their careers. He is delighted to take up the position as Chairman of the International Opera Awards Music Board as he sees this as a further opportunity to impart his experience and provide artistic support, guidance and encouragement to the next generation of Australian singers.

Roger hopes to see the recipients of the Australian International Opera Awards scholarship program succeed in achieving their dream of performing on the stages of the world's great opera houses.

Roxane Hislop now combines her busy performing schedule with teaching commitments at Melbourne and Monash Universities. Miss Hislop adjudicates competitions regularly and has served on several Arts Boards including the Australian International Opera Awards since 2009 (appointed Chair of the Music Board in 2010), The Acclaim Awards 2004-2007 (Chairman , Music Board 2004-2005), and Opera Foundation Australia 2001-06.


WELCOME TO DAVID HOBSON - NEW MEMBER OF THE MUSIC BOARD
FEBRUARY 2012

Widely regarded as one of Australia's most popular performers David's operatic performances range from Baroque masterworks to world premieres that have been distinguished by numerous awards. He is equally acclaimed for his concerts and recitals, chart-topping recordings, original compositions, television appearances and he is also an award winning film composer. David is Musica Viva's In Schools Ambassador, Patron of the Ballarat Arts Foundation, Ambassador for Heart Kids and Presenter on SBS/Foxtel's Arts Channel STUDIO.

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