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Sydney Eisteddfod

The Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship

Total Prize Value Exceeds $70,000
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Entries close: 13 March 2018 - late entries may be accepted 

Previously known as the Sun Aria, this annual event has been showcasing Australia’s operatic talent for the past 85 years.

Now carrying a total prize purse of $70,000, it has served as launching pad for some of the nation’s greatest singers.  The names of soprano Dame Joan Sutherland, tenor Stuart Skelton and other earlier winners enrich the value of its past, while younger artists, including soprano Stacey Alleaume, tenor Darren Pene Pati and tenor Boyd Owen, who triumphed on its stages last year, already illuminates its future promise.

In 2018, Sydney Eisteddfod is very excited to offer an additional scholarship and a people’s choice award as a part of The Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship.

In addition to the winner scholarship valued at $43,000, second place will be awarded a scholarship valued at $12,000, third place will receive $5,000 and the people’s choice award nominated by the live audience at the Final is valued at $500.  Non-placing finalists will receive $1,000 and Semi-Finalists that do not progress to the Final $500. 

Finalists will also have the opportunity to perform alongside the North Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the Final at The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood on 15 July 2018. 

These important opportunities for emerging classical singers would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors The John Lamble Foundation, Brian France AM & Phillipa France, Michael Taylor, Sydney Savage Club and Douglas Sutherland AM. 

Two Finalists, 30 years & under in age, will also be invited to compete in the "2018 Fine Music Young Virtuoso State Award Final (Sunday, 14 October at The Founders Studio, Fine Music 102.5)". 

The entry deadline is 13 March 2018; late entries may be accepted after this date however late fees may apply.

For full details visit


Tuesday 6 March, 2018
Sunday 15 July, 2018
Various venues across Sydney
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Various venues across Sydney

Sydney, Sydney

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