Always good to have news of the Melba Opera Trust, who inspire excellence and help young Australian opera singers with promise to fully realize their potential. Following in the great prima donna Dame Nellie Melba’s footsteps, many head off to further develop their experience and abilities in London, which became her home town.
Dame Nellie Melba GBE (1861-1931) established the scholarship at Melbourne to support other young singers in her own lifetime hoping ‘another Melba may arise‘. She wanted to not only help to give a brilliant finish to an already well-trained voice, but also prepare students of the art form to become professionals on the world stage. She would be pleased to know today her legacy is ongoing. Applications for 2016 Scholarships open Tuesday 1st September and close on the 30th.
The Melba Opera Trust Mentor Program facilitates workshops and seminars with industry experts and fosters a supportive network for an artist’s development through workshops, seminars and individual consultations. This is important in helping them to know how to build networks to form a great support base to assist their journey. They are also brought up to date with the challenges they will have to face overseas and how to deal with the ‘business’ side of their careers.
Captured so successfully by renowned Australian artist Rupert Bunny, Dame Nellie Melba was Australia’s first world famous opera singer. Born in Richmond in Melbourne, as a successful woman in her field she was both admired and celebrated for her pioneering drive, patriotism, generosity and her holistic approach to vocal tuition, professionalism and business acumen.
Her generosity in establishing her scholarship, has helped many young Australian singers shape their careers.
Creating performance opportunities is the final aim of the Trust and for the third year in a row, their current scholars Zoe Drummond (soprano), Nicholas Tolputt (counter-tenor) and Jeremy Kleeman (bass-baritone) have been invited to perform in the historic Mandeville Hall, as part of the Loreto Roman Catholic School for Girl’s public program.
They will perform ‘Mozart & Friends: Opera in the Mansion’ at Mandeville Hall, delighting the audience with virtuosic works by the beloved composer. Heritage Collection and Records Manager at Mandeville Hall Steve Stefanopoulos said he was pleased ‘to invite Melba Opera Trust, back to the historic mansion for a third time as part of the school’s public program. Opera in the Mansion has been a sell-out concert in previous years, and considering there was a waiting list for last year’s event, I am confident this one will be just as anticipated as the others.’