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Dalwood-Wylie American Institute of
Musical Studies Award

The Opera Foundation for young Australians announces the 29th American Institute of Musical Studies Award. The Award will be granted by The Opera Foundation for young Australians and is generously supported by the Dalwood-Wylie Foundation.

The Award enables a young Australian singer aged between 20 and 30 to participate in the American Institute of Musical Studies Summer School in Graz, Austria, during July and August each year.

This Award is valued at approximately $15,000 which includes living allowance, tuition, accommodation, return international airfare and ground transport to Graz.

This six-week course in the northern hemisphere summer is designed to further the advancement of a young singer’s career.
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Recent Winners

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Australian-French soprano, Sylvie Humphries, has a Bachelor of Music Performance (2007-2010) and an Advanced Diploma of Opera (2011-2013) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

She has performed many roles, including Serpetta (La finta giardiniera, Mozart), Cupidon (Orphée aux enfers, Offenbach), Dardané (La rencontre imprévue, Gluck) and Carolina (Il matrimonio segreto, Cimarosa). Sylvie appeared twice as a soloist in the Sydney Opera House as Frasquita (Carmen,Bizet) with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and as Elsie Maynard in a Gilbert & Sullivan concert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. She performed Soprano 1 in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Strathfield Symphony Orchestra, presented a recital for Artsong NSW and sang the title role in Lehár’s The Merry Widow with Rockdale Opera Company. In 2014, Sylvie was a finalist in some of Australia’s prestigious singing competitions: Noosa Federation of the Art’s Dame Joan Sutherland Award competition, Opera and Arts Support Group Scholarship and the McDonald’s Operatic Aria final at Sydney Eisteddfod and The Opera Foundation for young Australians’ Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship.

Sylvie has been on the Swiss Opera Studio since September 2015. She has performed the role of Cupid (King Arthur, Purcell) and Ilia (Idomeneo, Mozart)Sylvie looks forward to performing her first professional engagement as Celia in Mozart’s Lucio Silla in Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn’s 2016-2017 season. Sylvie is delighted to announce that she is the recipient of The Opera Foundation for young Australians’ Dalwood-Wylie American Institute of Musical Studies Award in 2016.

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Matthew Reardon (tenor, NSW)

Matthew Reardon is a Tenor from Sydney. He was a Dame Nellie Melba Opera scholar and a graduate from the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Matthew made his professional operatic debut as Young Man 1 in Pecan Summer, the first Indigenous opera composed by soprano Deborah Cheetham (AO). He has been a chorus member with West Australian Opera and Opera Australia. Matthew recently completed an Australian tour performing the role of Ferrando in Mozart’s Opera, Cosi fan tutte with Co- Opera.

Matthew has also been awarded a number of prizes and scholarships. He was a semi finalist in the McDonalds Aria Competition, was awarded the audience prize at the Australian – German Wiesbaden Award, and was a finalist in the Richard Bonynge and Dame Joan Sutherland Bel Canto award.
Matthew has recently won the Australian International Opera Award Scholarship (AIOA) beginning in September 2015, to study with Denis O’Neil at the Wales International Academy of Voice in Cardiff.

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Alexandra Flood (soprano, Vic)

Alexandra Flood is a young Australian soprano from Victoria. After studying with German soprano Gaby Malzahn in the United Arab Emirates, Alexandra relocated to Melbourne to attend Methodist Ladies’ College, where she was awarded an academic/music scholarship and the Boarders’ Music Award. At MLC, Alexandra studied classical singing under the tutelage of Vivien Hamilton. Alexandra graduated from the the University of Melbourne in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts (Art History/Philosophy) and a Diploma in Music (Practical) from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

Alexandra has since travelled to Austria to work with Horst Wander and Barbara Bonney, and to Italy where she performed her debut starring operatic role as Musetta in Puccini’s La boheme at Teatro Signorelli, Tuscany, under maestro Ari Pelto and director Edward Crafts. An established recital and oratorio singer, Alexandra already has numerous professional performance engagements on her resume, including solo recitals for the esteemed Austral Salon, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Latvian Society of Melbourne.

Alexandra has also featured as a guest artist at the Serenade at Sunset concert, and the OSA Opera Gala Concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and Opera in the Market / Opera in the Alps, performing alongside distinguished artists such as Yvonne Kenny, Rosario La Spina, Tiffany Speight and Roxanne Hislop. As an oratorio performer, Alexandra has featured as the soprano soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Heidelberg Chorale, and was a finalist in the 2012 Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria.

A fresh coloratura described as giving a “stand-out performance” by Clive O’Connell at The Age, Alexandra is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including Opera Scholars Australia “Scholar of the Year” (joint) for 2011/12, the Herman Schildberger Memorial Award, The 2013 National Liederfest Hedy Holt Memorial Award, and most recently the 2013 Opera Foundation Australia American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) Award. In July this year, Alexandra will attend the esteemed AIMS opera summer program in Graz, Austria with the generous support of the Opera Foundation Australia.

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Alison Manifold (soprano, NSW)

Alison was born in Sydney, Australia. During her schooling career her intention was to become an actor, however beginning singing lessons in the 9th grade changed her career path completely!

She and graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with her Bachelor of Music Studies in 2009 and her Advanced Diploma of Opera in 2012. Alison was the winner of the 2012 American Institute of Musical Studies Graz Scholarship from the Opera Foundation Australia. While in Graz she partook in many public performances and recitals and was the winner of the 2012 AIMS Meistersinger Competition.

She has taken part in master classes with Christa Ludwig, Grahame Pushee, Elizabeth Connell, Michael Lewis, Paulo Micchichi, Susan Bullock and Emma Matthews.

Alison has performed in the Opera Studio productions of Die Fledermaus, Les Mamelles di Tiresias, has played ‘Cis’ in Albert Herring, ‘Serafina’ in Il Campanello di Notte, ‘Frau Fluth’ in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor and played ‘Arminda’ from La Finta Giardiniera in the Conservatorium’s 2011 mainstage production.

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Siobhan Stagg (soprano, Vic)

With a voice of ‘ravishing tone’ (The Age) and ‘radiant presence’ (Artshub), Australian soprano Siobhan Stagg is a young artist at the outset of an exciting international career. Whilst studying at American Institute of Musical Studies Award in Graz as recipient of Opera Foundation Australia’s 2011 AIMS Award, Siobhan was awarded the jury’s First Prize and the Audience Choice Award at the Meistersinger Vocal Competition in Austria.

Six months later, Siobhan returned to Europe for a study/audition tour thanks to the AIMS Sundell Study Prize by Opera Foundation Australia. From these opportunities, Siobhan was offered her first performance contracts in Europe. Siobhan is currently based in the UK before joining the young artist programs at the Salzburg Festival and the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2013/14, where she will perform roles including Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) and the Waldvogel in Siegfried conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
Siobhan continues to perform as guest soloist with some of Australia’s finest ensembles and recently recorded her debut solo album with award-winning pianist, Amir Farid. For more details, please visit www.siobhanstagg.com

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Janet Todd (soprano, NSW)

Janet Todd is a young Melbourne Soprano. She completed her Bachelor of Music at the VCA in 2009.

In 2011 Janet made her debut with Victorian Opera as ‘Pamina’ in The Magic Flute. She was the Soprano Soloist (Faure’s Requiem) in The Australian Ballet’s double bill Elegy and performed ‘Lieschen’ in the Coffee Cantata in VO’s Baroque Triple Bill, for which she was nominated for a Green Room Award for Principal Female. Janet also played ‘Marsinah’ in Kismet with The Production Company.

In 2012 she performed as ‘Prince Charming’ in Richard Gill’s Pantomime Cinderella with VO and sang the roles of ‘Daisy’ and ‘Cindy’ in the new comic opera ‘Contact!’ by Angus Grant as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Janet has performed several roles in Victorian Youth Opera productions including The Snow Queen, Noye’s Fludde and ‘Lauretta’ in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. She also appears regularly around Melbourne as a soloist with various choirs.

In 2010, Janet won Opera Foundation Australia’s American Institute of Musical Studies Award and AIMS Sundell Study Award and attended the AIMS Summer School in Graz, Austria, She won the Margaret Sutherland Bursary Fund award and was the recipient of the Tallis Opera Scholarship through the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust for 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2009, Janet was equal runner up in the Herald Sun Aria.

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Natalie Aroyan (soprano, NSW)

Natalie Aroyan is an Armenian-Australian Soprano, with a double-degree in Business and I.T. from the Australian Catholic University, Sydney.

In 2008 she was awarded first place in both Opera Foundation Australia’s New York Scholarship and the Herald Sun Aria Competition. Following this, Natalie commenced her Professional Studies Diploma at Mannes College, New York, studying with Ruth Falcon and performing the roles of Amelia, in scenes from Un Ballo in Maschera (Verdi), Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan tutte, Annina in Menotti’s The Saint of Bleecker Street and Alice in Verdi’s Falstaff.

2009 saw Natalie win Opera Foundation Australia’s American Institute of Music Studies Award & AIMS Sundell Award. Natalie attended the “Solti Te Kanawa Accademia” in Tuscany, Italy where she worked with both Richard Bonynge and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Natalie has worked with Renata Scotto in her 2010 Tampa Masterclass.

In 2011 she was awarded first place in The Italian Opera Foundation competition which enabled her to study with soprano, Mirella Freni, and at the Accademia of Bel Canto in Modena, Italy.

Natalie is now a member of Opera Australia’s Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Program where her roles this year will include Mimi (La boheme), Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), High Priestess (Aida), and Annina ( La Traviata).