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Pacific Opera Studio International Scholarship
In Memory of Taryn Fiebig

This award, generously funded by Loz Copley, honours the life and legacy of one of Australia's most beloved artists. 

This award provides an Alumni of Pacific Opera Studio the opportunity to receive a scholarship that is valued at $50,000. This scholarship will pay for them to travel to the UK where they will be profesionally enaged with  Diva Opera UK and perform a role with them. The scholarship will also fund them to take on a study plan and professional development while in the UK and Europe- while also paying for flights, visas and a small stipend for living expenses.

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Diva Opera UK

Now in its 28th year, Diva Opera, Britain’s foremost chamber opera company, was founded by Anne Marabini Young and Bryan Evans to take opera out of the confines of the theatre and bring it to unique settings.

Since its inception, the company has earned an unrivalled reputation within the operatic world and beyond. Giving around 40 performances of full operas and concerts annually, they are now ambassadors for chamber opera internationally.

Highlights for the company include a performance of
La Cenerentola at La Fenice Opera House in Venice, The party scene from Die Fledermaus at the Royal Albert Hall, with José Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as special guests and performances at the Tokyo International Forum for the prestigious French music festival La Folle Journée.

They recently returned from South Africa where they performed to Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Rigoletto to great acclaim. This year they will tour the UK, Channel Islands and France with Il Barbiere di Siviglia and a long awaited new production of La Traviata.

Productions for 2025 will include Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.

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The key impact of this award is that the winner will be paid to travel to the UK and perform a role as part of Diva Opera's 2025 tour and season. The winner as selected by the Australian Panel will enter into a professional contract with Diva Opera for their 2025 tour.

Pacific Opera Studio 
Pacific Opera Studio has an outstanding reputation for developing the next generation of Australian opera singers since 2009, playing a vital role in training our talented Young Artists and growing Australia’s cultural future.

With over 300 participants since its inception, Pacific Opera Studio has played a fundamental role in the professional growth of emerging opera singers working both in Australia and Internationally.

Pacific Opera Studio provides essential vocational training and performance experience that bridges the gap between tertiary education and achieving professional engagements with Opera companies in Australia, and development opportunities abroad.

Pacific Opera Studio is led by international opera singers and Co- Artistic Directors Peter Coleman-Wright AO, Cheryl Barker AO and Musical Director Bradley Gilchrist. In recent years the program has grown to include concerts, recitals, opera scenes, masterclasses with industry professionals and fully staged versions of opera favourites.

Our young artists are guided through the process of how to learn a role with a strong focus on sung lyric diction, musicality, character development and stagecraft skills by some of Australia’s finest singers and opera practitioners.

Pacific Opera Studio aims to give young artists multiple opportunities to develop their skills and grow their burgeoning careers. As a registered charity Pacific Opera Studio is solely reliant on donations to continue our vital work.

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In addition to this opportunity Pacific Opera Studio will provide the winner with the opportunity to execute a study plan while in the UK. Pacific Opera Studio will also provide the flights, visa costs and a small stipend to support living costs to the winner while they are in the UK.

Taryn Fiebig & Loz Copley
The Scholarship has been made possible by Pacific Opera Studio Board member, Loz Copley. The Scholarship is to be awarded in memory of much loved and acclaimed Australian soprano, Taryn Fiebig, who died in March 2021 from ovarian cancer. Taryn was made aware of the scholarship before she died. This was her response……...

“I am so honoured and moved that you would set this up, and for something that I am so dedicated to...I am beyond moved and this gesture really makes my life seem worthwhile…Thankyou for allowing me to continue in the hearts and minds of young artists.”

The scholarship will be judged by a panel which will include Taryn’s husband, Jud Arthur, as well as Pacific Opera Studio Artistic Directors, Peter Coleman-Wright AO and Cheryl Barker AO.


To apply for this award follow the link below. Please read all of the criteria very carefully before submitting an application form.
Applications close Midnight July 31st 2024 AEDT

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