Awards offered in 2021

Awards for Singers

  • Lady Galleghan London Award (NEW AWARD)


The Opera Foundation for young Australians is delighted to announce the 2021 Winner of the 1st Lady Galleghan London Award.

This Award has been made possible by the generosity of the late Lady Galleghan OBE. The Foundation enjoys a strong Alumni of Australian citizens, some of whom reside in the United Kingdom. In the light of Covid, we felt it vital to offer our young artists the opportunity to continue to perform and learn.

This Award provides the Winner with the opportunity to join the Chorus at Opera Holland Park for the 2nd Season of 2021 (with the potential to be considered for a principal role for the following Summer Season), opportunity to Audition / Consultation with Diva Opera, Tait Memorial Trust performance opportunities where practical. Coachings with industry professionals, including an accommodation allowance.

Dr Anke Höppner and Peter Coleman-Wright AO Adjudicated the Finalists:
“The Adjudicators were very impressed by the high standard of singing. We were spoilt for choice, but we decided the youthful exuberance, charming personality and beautiful voice made Phillip Costovski the standout Winner.”

WINNER – Phillip Costovsky – Tenor – 27 years old (Originally from NSW and currently based in London)

Phillip Costovski is an Australian tenor based in London, completing his Master of Arts at the Royal Academy of Music, supported by the Joyce Campbell Lloyd Scholarship for overseas study. As a graduate of Queensland Conservatorium, he received the Griffith Award for Academic Achievement and the Sir Mostyn Hanger Opera Prize for his studies. Phillip’s operatic roles include Count Belfiore (La finta giardiniera), Bénédict (Béatrice et Bénédict), Mayor Upfold (Albert Herring), Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), Le roi Ouf (L’Étoile), Basilio (Le nozze di Figaro) and in 2018 premiered the role of Henry in Paul Dean’s new opera Dry River Run. He performs regularly as a concert soloist in works including Messiah (Handel), Requiem in D (Mozart), Mass in C (Beethoven) and the Magnificat in D (Bach). In October, he debuted at Wigmore Hall in their ‘Steven Isserlis and friends’ recital in the vocal ensemble.

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