2023 Prizes and Opportunities

Marianne Mathy Scholarship ('The Mathy')

$30,000 to assist with a program of study and/or singing activity

The singer who claims the Marianne Mathy Scholarship also receives:

Audition Prize from Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center: an opportunity to audition for Lyric Opera of Chicago’s professional artist-development program, The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, in Chicago. Date to be mutually agreed upon; singer responsible for travel and lodging.

Lili Ussher Prize: Portrait painting of the winner in concert dress.

WinkiPoP Media Prize: A folio of three different 8x12inch photographic prints.

Oral History Award: A taped interview by oral historian Diana Ritch will be recorded and retained within the Oral History Collection of the National Library of Australia.

The Mathy Limited Edition Drago Marin Cherina Statuette: Presented by Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd (MOST®).

Other Prizes and Opportunities

Royal Northern College of Music Award: Fees for one year’s study at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in the Advanced Postgraduate Diploma Course in Manchester (UK) in 2023/2024. (A Masters degree is required to be eligible for this prize.) Sponsored by Royal Northern College of Music, UK. The winner must have completed an undergraduate degree to be eligible for this prize. 
The winner will also receive the AUD $2,500 Pasqualina Lipari Prize to assist with travel expenses. Sponsored by V&A Accountants and Business Advisors. 

Saluzzo Opera Academy Scholarship: A scholarship to attend the 2024 Saluzzo Opera Academy (program dates TBC) including tuition and accommodation in Saluzzo. Tuition includes private coachings; masterclasses; agent audition, and Italian language classes. This Scholarship cannot be deferred. Sponsored by Saluzzo Opera Academy.
This prize is given with the Merenda Travel Prize of up to $7,000 to cover flights and land travel to Saluzzo. Sponsored by Equity Trustees.

Merenda Legacy Prize: Cash grant of AUD $7,000 to enable the recipient to study the Italian language in Italy.
Sponsored by Equity Trustees.

Zeke Solomon Award: Up to AUD $5,000 to fund travel and accommodation to attend the Israeli Opera Young Artist Program at the Meitar Opera Studio in Tel Aviv. The 4-5 week program features many projects, coachings, master classes and performances and runs from mid-October to early June.
Sponsored by Zeke Solomon and the Israeli Opera.

Nicole Car Prize: A cash prize valued at $6250 to cover the cost of accommodation and flights to and from Paris. It provides the opportunity to meet with international soprano Nicole Car in Paris and receive mentoring sessions from her.
Sponsored by Nicole Car.

Canadian Vocal Arts Institute (CVAI) Montreal Scholarship: An opportunity to participate in the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute (CVAI) Summer Program in Montréal.
Sponsored by CVAI, Montréal.
The winner will also receive the AUD $3,000
Nell Pascall Award to assist with travel expenses. Sponsored by the Nell Pascall Estate.

MOST® Audience PrizeAUD $500 cash grant from Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd. (MOST®) awarded by audience vote.
Sponsored by Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd.

Opera Australia Prize: Opportunity for all Finalists to attend rehearsals in Melbourne or Sydney, observing an opera throughout the stages of its production.
Sponsored by Opera Australia.

Prizes and Opportunities awarded at the Semi-Finals

Tinkler Encouragement Award: $500 awarded to a singer not selected as a Finalist.
Sponsored by the Tinkler Trust.

Songmakers Prize: Opportunity for a Semi-Finalist to participate in a 3-day Master Class in 2023 (Easter weekend) presented by Songmakers Australia.
Sponsored by Songmakers Australia.
The winner will also receive the $500 MOST Grant to assist with travel expenses. Sponsored by the Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd (MOST)

Andrea Catzel Prize: 10 private German Diction singing lessons with acclaimed Soprano and Language and Vocal Coach, Andrea Catzel in Sydney.
Sponsored by Andrea Catzel.

Radzyminksi Family Prize: French tuition at an Alliance Francaise Centre in the singer's city.
Sponsored by Lucienne Radzyminski.

Istituto Italiano Di Cultura Award: 25 hours of study in Italian at the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney.
Sponsored by istituto Italiano di Cultura, Sydney.

Goethe-Institut Prize: A scholarship to attend a 10-week language course at the Goethe-Institut in either Sydney or Melbourne. 
Provided by the Goethe-Institut.

Huntington Estate Wine Prize: 2 bottles of Huntington Estate WInes for Semi-Finalists.
Sponsored by Huntington Estate Wines.

Running Bare Prize: Gift Voucher for each Semi-Finalist to purchase sports clothing and accessories.
Sponsored by Running Bare.

DISCLAIMER The recipients of any Scholarships and Prizes are reminded that the cash component is a form of income. Any enquiries regarding tax should be referred to the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation, an accountant or a registered tax consultant. The Australian Singing Competition and their administrator, Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd (MOST®) act as co-ordinators of the above prizes and opportunities and cannot accept responsibility if any provider is unable to fulfill its obligations in any form. If the recipient of any Scholarship connected to funds elects not to proceed with that Scholarship, the associated funds must be forfeited and may be made available to another Finalist. The Australian Singing Competition and MOST® take no responsibility for the acceptance of Scholarships that involve overseas travel. This decision is taken solely at the discretion of the recipient who should check the current status of the country in question with the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs at the time of travel.