2014 Opera Awards Winner
Roland Gridiger, CEO of Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd, today announced that the 2014 Opera Awards winner is New Zealand tenor Jonathan Abernethy. Jonathan was selected by an eminent judging panel that included Dr Di Bresciani, Conal Coad, Rachelle Durkin and Gregory Hocking (Chair).
Jonathan receives the YMF Australia (Youth Music Foundation of Australia) Award of $30,000, the Armstrong-Martin Scholarship valued at $4,500 (presented by the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust) and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme – which gives artists an opportunity to participate in a high calibre international Masterclass course or opera production led by eminent musicians in the UK.
Jonathan has been invited to perform at the Australian Singing Competition Finals Concert that will be held at the Concourse, Chatswood on Saturday 3 October 2015.
The Opera Awards assist opera singers who are already fully-fledged professionals but need financial support for further study in Australia and overseas. Language tuition, vocal coaching, preparation with a specialist for a particular role and the opportunity to see opera performed in other parts of the world
are all valuable aids to furthering individual careers.
“I’m overwhelmed to have received the Opera Award which has come as a wonderful surprise at a pivotal stage in my career. Over the past two years with Opera Australia I have learned valuable lessons in stagecraft, music, and performance that would have been hard to attain elsewhere. I have been focused toward building specific roles to performance standard which has meant some things have been prioritised more than others.
I am extremely grateful to my mentors and supporters and all those involved in the Opera Award and it’s sponsors. This award will augment the support I already receive from the Dame Kiri te Kanawa Foundation. I’d like to thank my supporters and mentors here at Opera Australia specifically Lyndon Terracini, Tony Legge, language coach Nicole Dorigo and OA coaching staff. I’d also like to thank in particular Dame Kiri for the one on one masterclasses in May during her recent Tour of Australia and New Zealand, with Professor Terence Dennis and Isabel Cunningham.”
More info on the Opera Awards website here.