17 August 2010

Emma Moore has taken a very deep bow in this her first year as a practicing opera singer.

Last weekend at the Sydney Opera House, the 22 year old, who is now studying for her second degree at The Con, was voted best of eight finalists in the annual McDonald's Operatic Aria, a competition dating back to 1933 and boasting singing greats such as Dame Joan Sutherland and June Bronhill among former winners.

Moore, of Wollongong, and who trains under Con Chair of Vocal Studies and Opera, Maree Ryan, won $43,000, including international tuition.

The win follows her recent inclusion in the finals of the Opera and Arts Support Group.

Moore sang two arias in the final - O luce di quest'anima from Linda di Chamounix (Donizetti), and Je veux vivre from Romeo et Juliet (Gounod).

Comments Maree Ryan: "Emma is an outstanding student, not only in performance but in academic areas. She has a beautiful lyric soprano voice, is hard working, very disciplined and dedicated. Emma should have an outstanding career."

Con graduate Angela Brun-Edwards was runner-up for the prestigious award.

The finalists, who also included Con opera school graduate Andrew Moran, were supported by The Con's Symphony Orchestra, lead by Maestro Imre Pallo.

Dean and Principal, Professor Kim Walker, said: "It was wonderful to see the link between the Conservatorium, the Eisteddfod and legendary conductors all involved in supporting emerging talent of such high standard.

"The suppleness of the singers and the orchestra was sumptuous. Of course we are thrilled that the winners were both our SCM students, particularly as the line-up of contestants was as high as we have ever witnessed. They were all outstanding vocalists.

"Richard Bonynge, as Patron of the program, commented on how he hadn't heard the orchestra in such fine shape ever, and how exciting it was that the orchestra was given to playing a program of arias which is such a different repertoire from orchestral programs."

In another triumph on the weekend, Con music studies student Grace Lee won first prize in the 2010 Sydney Organ Competition, trumping finalists from the USA and Germany.

Lee, who is guided by Philip Swanton, also won the award for the best performance of an Australian work written after 1980.

Conservatorium organ students have now won three of the last four editions of this increasingly popular bi-annual event, held in St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta.

Congratulating Grace, Professor Walked said: "We are truly blessed with incredibly talented students who can perform at the highest levels and who are guided by teachers of the highest caliber."

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