Scholar of the Year
RECIPIENT OF THE BETTY AMSDEN AO SCHOLARSHIP
At the OSA Aria in September each year, three scholars are nominated as candidates to be considered for the Opera Scholar of the Year. Each of the three singers chosen are given an opportunity to perform a solo at Opera in the Alps and Opera in the Market. One of the three will be selected to sing their winning aria at Opera in the Market as Opera Scholar of the Year.
Past Opera Scholar of the Year Winners
2016: Stephen Marsh
2015: Rebecca Rashleigh
2014: Jessica Boyd
2013: Anna Voshege
2012: Georgia Wilkinson
2011: Alexandra Flood
2010: Nathan Lay
2009: Nick Jones
2008: Teresa Duddy
2007: Catriona Bell
2006: Boyd Owen
2005: Jacob Cunningham
2004: Thomas Strong
2003: Christopher Diffey
2002: Helena Dix
Current Scholar of the Year and recipient of the Betty Amsden AO Scholarship
Soprano Madeleine Crombie completed her Bachelor of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in 2015 and is completing her fourth year in the Opera Scholars Australia (OSA) program. In January, Madeleine was named the 2017 OSA Opera Scholar of the Year winner and the proud recipient of the Late Betty Amsden AO Scholarship.
Madeleine has recently finished a season with Melbourne Opera as a chorus member in their production of Wagner’s Lohengrin after a successful season of Tannhäuser in 2016.
In 2016, Madeleine performed the role of Zerlina from Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Cordelia’s Potted Opera. In May 2015 she played the role of ‘Mirror’ in Gordon Kerry’s new opera Snow White and Other Grimm Tales at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Madeleine is currently studying a Masters Degree in Arts and Cultural Management at the University of Melbourne, whilst continuing her vocal studies with Roger Howell.
2018 OPERA SCHOLAR OF THE YEAR FINALISTS