Lady Galleghan London Award

This Award is valued at $15,000 and provides the Winner with the opportunity to join the Chorus at Opera Holland Park for the 2nd Season of 2022 (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 accomodation allowance. 

Recent Winners

Sarah Prestwidge – Soprano – NSW

Sarah Prestwidge is a young aboriginal Australian Soprano, studying a Master of Music at the Royal Northern College of Music, with a full ABRSM scholarship. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Education) from Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she was awarded numerous awards for her excellence. Sarah is also the recipient of the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship from the Australian Council for the Arts and is a Tait Memorial Trust Awardee (White/Loewenthal Award). Sarah’s operatic highlights include, Susanna in Le Nozze Di Figaro, Mrs. Paskova/Chocholka in The Cunning Little Vixen, Controller in Flight, The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Zerbinetta in Ariadne Auf Naxos, Arsena in The Gypsy Baron, Purran-Murnin in Buckley (Premier), Madam Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor, and Barbarina in Le Nozze Di Figaro. She was also looking forward to performing the roles of Josephine in H.M.S Pinafore and Tytania in Midsummer Night’s Dream throughout 2020. Currently in her final term at RNCM, Sarah is preparing to sing Sophie in an extended scene of Der Rosenkavalier and is looking forward to joining the chorus of Madama Butterfly for the Hallé Orchestra’s season finale. Over the years, Sarah has been mentored by Deborah Cheetham at Short Black Opera, where she has worked as a Soprano and Music educator. From 2018 to 2020, she was also a Young Artist in Pacific Opera, during which time she was awarded a Prue Kennard study grant. In 2019, Sarah studied in an intensive program with Bel Canto Opera, Munich, which was generously sponsored by The Wagner Society NSW. Since moving to the United Kingdom, Sarah has enjoyed working at Buxton Opera as a Young Artist, where she performed Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music, as well as being involved in programs with Opera North and British Youth Opera.

This Award is valued at $15,000 and has been made possible by the generosity of the late Lady Galleghan OBE.

Sarah will join the Chorus at Opera Holland Park for the 2nd Season of 2022, opportunity to Audition / Consultation with Diva Opera, Tait Memorial Trust performance opportunities where practical and Coachings with other industry professionals.

Phillip Costovski – Tenor – NSW

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.
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..