UPCOMING EVENT

.....................................................................................................................

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&.

.....................................................................................................................

LATEST NEWS

Australian International Opera Awards (AIOA) announces Royal College of Music 2019 Scholarship Winner Jeremy Kleeman – Bass Baritone

The AIOA awards Australia’s most prestigious vocal scholarship, 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 2019 scholarship is Jeremy Kleeman.

Bass baritone Jeremy Kleeman holds a Master of Music (Opera Performance) and Bachelor of Music from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and is a graduate of Victorian Opera's Developing Artist Program. Jeremy was a scholar with Melba Opera Trust for two years on the Joseph Sambrook Opera Scholarship, and is a recipient of the Dame Heather Begg Memorial Award.

In 2016, he received both Helpmann and Green Room Award nominations for the role of Magus in Musica Viva/Victorian Opera’s Australian tour of baroque pastiche Voyage to the Moon. Recent operatic roles include Walter Furst in Guillaume Tell (Victorian Opera), Second Elder in Handel’s Susanna (Handel in the Theatre), Collatinus in Kip William’s daring production of The Rape of Lucretia (Sydney Chamber Opera/Victorian Opera/Dark MoFo Festival), Famigliari III/Tribuno II in L’incoronazione di Poppea (Pinchgut Opera), Badger and Parson in The Cunning Little Vixen (Victorian Opera), and the title role in The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Australia Touring).

Recent appearances on the concert platform include Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3 and Handel’s Messiah with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, C.P.E. Bach’s rarely performed St. Matthew Passion (1777) with Melbourne Bach Choir, and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with Heidelberg Chorale Society. In January 2019, Jeremy appeared in a Liederabend featuring songs of Brahms and Nielsen and duets of Cornelius, Schumann and others with soprano Alexandra Flood and pianist Rudi Spring at the Northern Lights Festival in Tromsø, Norway.

Jeremy has performed in several world premieres, creating the role of Toby Raven in George Palmer’s Cloudstreet with State Opera of South Australia, Albert the Pudding in Calvin Bowman/Anna Goldsworthy’s The Magic Pudding — The Opera, and Husband in Hing-yan Chan’s Double Happiness for the Canberra International Music Festival.

Click here for official press release.

CONGRATULATIONS TO FLEURANNE BROCKWAY - 2018 AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL OPERA AWARDS WINNER

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.

Click here for official press release.

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.
Click here for official press release.

 

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.
Click here for official press release.

 

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).
Click here for official press release.

 

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.
Click here for official press release

 

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.

Read more about our other members