Scholar of the Year


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
        2017: Madeleine Crombie
        2016: Stephen Marsh
        2015: Rebecca Rashleigh
Jessica Boyd
        2013: Anna Voshege
        2012: Georgia Wilkinson
        2011: Alexandra Flood
Kate Amos
Nathan Lay
        2009: Nick Jones
Teresa Duddy
        2007: Catriona Bell
Siobhan Stagg
Boyd Owen
                  Robert Clark
        2005: Jacob Cunningham
        2004: Thomas Strong
        2003: Christopher Diffey

        2002: Helena Dix  


Born into a musical family in Singapore, Shimona Rose is a Soprano invested in the worlds of opera and art song.

The 2018 Opera Scholar of the Year and 2017 Robert Salzer Vocal Championship Award winner, Shimona has just completed a Bachelor of Music under the tutelage of Carrie Barr at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Last year, Shimona participated in various competitions and stage productions including performing the lead role of Queenie in Victorian Opera’s The Second Hurricane and as a chorus member in Melbourne Opera’s Roberto Devereux.

In 2016, she also performed the role of Pamina in a workshop production of excerpts from The Magic Flute with Austrian director and writer, Beverly Blankenship. At home, Shimona also took part in New Opera Singapore’s outreach program, Who’s Afraid of Opera and will perform in their production of Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites later this year.

Shimona began her musical studies with the piano at the age of 5, achieving an ABRSM Diploma in Music Performance in 2014. Though piano was her first instrument for the most part, voice was undoubtedly a significant aspect of her musical life. Shimona has extensive experience with choral music and has also pursued other musical interests by forming her own jazz band in 2014. However, her passion lies on the operatic stage and thus, is determined to pursue her dream through further study.