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The Opera Foundation for young Australians Awards & Scholarship


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The Opera Foundation for young Australians is a non-profit arts organisation that has supported the professional development and pursuit of excellence for young Australians in the field of opera for the past 52 years.

It was founded by Lady Mary Fairfax AC OBE in 1963 who saw an opportunity to help and inspire young Australian opera artists by providing ‘make or break’ learning opportunities in the best opera houses and centres around the world.

A reason for being which is as relevant today as what it was at inception.

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2018 Awards and Scholarship

To apply, please download the brochure here

2017 Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship Winner

We are delighted to announce our 2017 Winner is Bronwyn Douglass, mezzo-soprano from NSW.

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2017 Vienna State Opera Award

Our 2017 Award winner Fiona Jopson with contract with the Vienna State Opera.

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2017 Berlin New Music Opera Award

Our 2017 winner Priscilla Jackman, Director from New South Wales.

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