OPERA SCHOLARS AUSTRALIA
Founded in 1998, Opera Scholars Australia is a leading professional development program for young classical singers, providing unparalleled performance opportunities for talented young artists. Based in Melbourne, OSA offers up to 25 scholarships each year to classical singers between 18 and 24 years of age, providing extensive training and performance experience throughout Victoria and interstate.
OSA provides our young singers with a community in which to grow and develop their craft. Providing our scholars with the chance to perform in various locations throughout Victoria and in various capacities, such as large-scale outdoor events, intimate concerts and corporate functions, allows them the opportunity to put into practice the skills they may be studying or are getting from their vocal teachers and coaches. This program also provides our scholars with industry knowledge, acting workshops, vocal masterclasses, headshots and performance photography in order to build their professional portfolio early in their career.
Yvonne Kenny AM
“Opera Scholars Australia runs a program that provides a wonderful pathway for young singers to learn their craft – to develop singers voices naturally and to assist with artistry and confidence”.
Yvonne assigns time from her busy international performance and teaching schedule to engage with the Scholars and share her skills and vast experience in the Opera Scholars Australia Masterclass programs.
The Late Betty Amsden AO
"To me young people are very important because they are our future. It gives me great satisfaction to watch the people I support and the program I make possible go forward and flourish and be the best they can be. It is the joy of knowing I am doing a little good somewhere"
Betty Amsden AO was one of Victoria’s strongest advocates for philanthropy in the arts industry. Betty was a long time supporter of the Opera Scholars Australia program and generously donated to the Betty Amsden AO Scholarship awarded annually to the winner of the Opera Scholar of the Year competition.
Teddy Tahu Rhodes
“It is always exciting to perform with the young singers who will contribute to the future of Opera in Australia. The Opera Scholars’ talent and enthusiasm brings such an energy to the stage and joy to those who hear them”
Teddy Tahu Rhodes is a large supporter of the Opera Scholars Australia program having performed at Opera in the Alps and Opera in the Market. As an opera singer, Teddy is rapidly establishing an international career on both the operatic stage and the concert platform.
Yvonne Kenny AM