1 August 2015

The fourteenth MTO German-Australian Opera Grant sponsored by
the German-Australian Community and Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden

1 August 2015
at Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne

Regine Palmai, opera director Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden,
Alexander Knight - recipient of the 2016 German-Australian Opera Grant,
Hans Henkell - GAOG Administrator

4 Finalists at the Opera Finale:
Daniel Carison - Encouragement Grant, Elizabeth Lewis - MTO Development Grant,
Alexander Knight - GAOG Recipient & Audience Award, Morgan Balfour - Encouragement Grant

Finalists, Adjudicators and MTO Directors (from left):
David Kram, Toni Battaini (Chairman MTO), Daniel Carison, Ian Lowe, Elizabeth Lewis,
Phillipa Safey, Alexander Knight, Josef Reichhardt (Acting German Ambassador),
Regine Palmai (HSW), Morgan Balfour, Graham Ford, Peter Mander, Richard Hobson, Caroline Stacey, Hans Henkell

The German-Australian Opera Grant

The winner will be granted a twelve months employment contract (mid August 2016 until July 2017) with the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden in Germany plus one month German tuition at the Goethe Institut in Berlin (July 2016) and one month work experience (June 2016) for an insight into procedures prior to the official start at the opera house.

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 $70,000 including a return airfare to Wiesbaden and a $4000 cash prize.

In addition to the German-Australian Opera Grant the Finalists have the opportunity to be considered for:

MTO Grant - Developing Artist

$2500 plus performance opportunity in Australia

Audience Award


Encouragement Grant(s)


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