Our History

The 2000s

2019 Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship is not offered in 2019.
2019 Rockend Berlin New Music Opera Award becomes Rockend Berlin Opera Award.
2017 Passing away of our Founder, Director and Life Governor, Lady Mary Fairfax AC, OBE on September 17.
2016 Rockend Technologies becomes the major sponsor of the Berlin New Music Award. The Deutsche Oper Berlin Award commences.
2015 The Opera Foundation for young Australians is announced as the new name for Opera Foundation Australia.
Dalwood-Wylie Foundation becomes the major sponsor of the American Institute of Studies Award.
2010 German Opera Scholarship replaces Audi German Opera Scholarship.
Berlin New Music Opera Award replaces Bayreuth Opera Award.
2008 Bayreuth Opera Award replaces the Bayreuth Scholarship.
Rockend National Opera Studio London Scholarship replaces the Covent Garden Award.
Audi German Opera Scholarship replaces the Audi German Operatic Award.
Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship replaces the New York Study Award.
AIMS Sundell Study Award was introduced and linked to the American Institute of Musical Studies Award.
2007 Audi German Operatic Award replaces German Operatic Award.
2006 Barilla Italian Opera award renamed the Italian Opera Award.
2005 New York Study Award introduced replacing the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Study Award.
Barilla Italian Opera Award linked with The Società Corale Pisana and the Accademia Musicale Pisana (Pisa Italy).
Finalist Prizes established for Barilla Italian Opera Award and German Operatic Award.
2004 Robert & Betty Salzer Award introduced and made available by The Robert Salzer Foundation linked to the Covent Garden National Opera Studio Scholarship.
2003 Barilla Australia becomes major sponsor of the Barilla Italian Opera Award and the Award is renamed the Barilla Italian Opera Award.
2002 Lady Fairfax AC OBE establishes the Lady (Mary) Fairfax Fund/Donation for a further period of study in New York for the winner of the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Study Award.
The Frank and Viola Tait Scholarship established by the Tait Memorial Trust London, chaired by Ms Isla Baring and linked to the Covent Garden National Opera Studio Scholarship.
2001 The Lady Warwick Fairfax Award sponsored by Lady Fairfax AC OBE established and linked to the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Study Award.
Ann Mader-Flowers major sponsor of the American Institute of Musical Studies Award until 2003.

The 1990s

1998 The late Mrs Margaret Adele Alldritt OBE Bequest establishes the annual Dellie Alldritt Prize linked to the American Institute of Music Studies Award.
1997 The late Lady Galleghan AO OBE Bequest establishes the Lady Galleghan Scholarship for Voice linked to the Covent Garden National Opera Studio Scholarship.
1996 The Italian Opera Award established. Shell Australia ends sponsorship of Covent Garden National Opera Studio Scholarship.
1995 National Vocal Symposium with Master Tutors: Dame Joan Sutherland OM, AC, DBE, Madame Marlena Kleinman Malas, Mr Robert Cowart, Mr Michael Parker and Ms Anna Sweeny.
1994 The Vienna State Opera Award established in conjunction with the Vienna State Opera.
1993 Inaugural National Vocal Symposium with Master Tutors: Dame Joan Sutherland OM, AC, DBE, Madame Marlena Kleinman Malas and Signor Luigi Alva.
1990 French Operatic Award sponsored once by Parfums Givenchy.

The 1980s

1988 German Operatic Award was established in conjunction with the Cologne Opera.
1987- 89 Opera Foundation Australia funded the Renato Capecchi Workshop conducted by The Australian Opera.
1987 Shell Australia became the major sponsor of the Shell Royal Opera House Covent Garden Scholarship. The American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) Austrian Scholarship introduced.
1984 The Covent Garden Scholarship established.
1982 Two additional Scholarships established: The Dame Mabel Brookes Memorial Fellowship and The Wagner Scholarship.  Metropolitan Opera New York grants Australia the status of a region in its own right. Mr Raymond Myers is appointed Chairman of the Australian Region.
1981- 89 The Bond family Scholarship for Tenors.
1980 Opera Foundation Victoria formed under the Chairmanship of Mrs Jeanne Pratt AC.

The 1960s & 1970s

1965- 73 Lady Fairfax established scholarships for artists to study at La Scala Italy and Bayreuth Germany. Australian Opera Auditions formed.
1964 First Australian Winner Donald Shanks competed at the Metropolitan Opera Regional Finals.
1963 Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Australia established. Lady Fairfax successfully negotiated for Australia’s participation in the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions Program.  First Chairman was Sir Bernard Heinze AC.