The Opera Foundation for young Australians Awards


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The Opera Foundation for young Australians is a non-profit arts organisation that has supported the professional development and pursuit of excellence for young Australians in the field of opera for the past 52 years.

It was founded by Lady Mary Fairfax AC OBE in 1963 who saw an opportunity to help and inspire young Australian opera artists by providing ‘make or break’ learning opportunities in the best opera houses and centres around the world.

A reason for being which is as relevant today as what it was at inception.

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2022 Awards Brochure

The Opera Foundation for young Australians is delighted to announce the 2022 Awards.

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2020 COVID Stories from our past winners

During COVID we have collected an update from our past winners, to be able to share with you.

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2019 Rockend Berlin New Music Opera  Award

Designer Elia Bosshard from NSW has been awarded the 2019 Rockend Berlin New Music Opera  Award.

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Helena Wylie from the Dalwood-Wyle Foundation

Expresses her heartful support for the commitment to the American Institute of Musical Studies Awards.

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