The four finalists:
Angela Edwards, John Longmuir, Stephanie Gooch, Byron Watson
1st Prize - Stephanie Gooch, Soprano - WA
2nd Prize - John Longmuir, Lyric Tenor - WA
3rd Prize - Angela Edwards, Soprano - NSW
4th Prize - Byron Watson, Baritone - NSW
Adjudicators and Finalists of the 2010 German-Australian Opera Grant (from left):
Hans Henkell, Dieter Senft, Richard Hobson, Angela Edwards, Ian Lowe,
John Longmuir, Bodo Busse, Stephanie Gooch, Byron Watson, Dr David Kram,
Phillipa Safey, Peter Mander, Consul General Dr Annemarie Schleich
The winner will be granted a twelve months employment contract (mid August 2010 until July 2011) with the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden in Germany plus two months German tuition at the Goethe Institut in Berlin (July / August 2010) and one month work experience (June 2010) for an insight into procedures prior to the official start at the opera house as well as a the ALLCOLLINS $4000 cash prize.
An adequate amount of money will ensure that living costs are covered. The grant will be given to an outstanding emerging Australian opera singer in the early stage of his/her professional life with operatic stage experience capable of meeting the high quality standards of this major German opera house.
The value of this grant (including costs occurring in Australia) is approximately $64,000 including a return airfare to Wiesbaden and a $4000 cash prize.
The second prize winner will receive $3000.
The third prize winner will receive $2000.
The fourth prize winner will receive $1000.
More Than Opera Ltd is looking for additional support. Whilst the current grantee is already covered through generous donations we are now attempting to attract donations and sponsoring to finance the upcoming grant and further years.
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