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Alexandra Flood –2013 Dalwood-Wylie American Institute of Musical Studies Award & AIMS Sundell Study Award

In 2013, I won the American Institute of Musical Studies Award, which allowed me to attend AIMS that northern summer. Following AIMS, I was awarded the AIMS Sundell Study Award, which supported further study and development in Europe. Firstly thank you to the Dalwood-Wylie Foundation & Jan and Jim Sundell.

I saw then, and still see now, AIMS as the clear turning point in my progression from student to professional. Of course, we are all still students. But AIMS, with its incredible concert programme, coachings, singing lessons, professional development, agent connections and other performance opportunities, gave me the polish I needed to be ready for a career in Europe. It was directly following my time at AIMS that I, rather serendipitously, was invited to audition for the Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project, and was offered a contract on the spot. With an upcoming professional engagement already under my belt, I was able to return to Europe five months later with the support of the AIMS Sundell Award, and consolidate the development I had experienced during AIMS, as well as forge new, significant contacts. AIMS opened the door for me, and I wouldn’t have been there if it wasn’t for The Opera Foundation for young Australians

There are many hallowed stages in the classical music world upon which young musicians’ dream of performing. One of those was for me Wigmore Hall in London. A surprisingly intimate space with a breath-taking acoustic, Wigmore Hall has hosted recitals by the world’s best. As a finalist in the Australian Music Awards, I was afforded the privilege of performing on the Wigmore Hall stage in November 2015. Singing Mozart in that setting was a dream come true. I hope to sing there again. Happily, I won the award, so hopefully it won’t be too long!

2016 started off with a bang for me. I made my German orchestral concert debut in January, where I sang Edna in Jonathan Dove’s church-opera Tobias and the Angel with the Munich Rundfunk Orchestra. The performance was recorded and broadcast nationally and I enjoyed the experience greatly. I then hurried back to Bregenz, Austria to open Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, where I reprised my much-loved Blonde. In April, I make my Vienna orchestral concert debut in the Mozartsaal with Maestro Michael Halazs. This concert then repeats in Kaunas, Lithuania, with Maestro Constantine Orbelian. Shortly thereafter I travel Down-under to feature as the soprano soloist in Queensland Ballet’s production of Strictly Gershwin, with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. I then fly to Virginia, USA, where I am engaged as a young artist at the Wolf Trap Opera summer festival. Lots more in the second half of the year. Stay tuned!