Towering talent and unflagging passion and commitment have been celebrated with the award of the Australian International Opera Awards (AIOA) — Australia’s most prestigious vocal scholarship — and the Commander of the Order of the Star of Italy — one of the highest civilian awards in Italy.
Opera Australia’s Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini AM has been decorated asCommander of the Order of the Star of Italy (Commendatore dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia). The Honour is bestowed on foreign nationals and expatriates for their work in promoting Italian national prestige abroad, upholding and preserving cultural heritage, enhancing friendly relations and cooperation with other countries and ties with Italy. Mr Terracini has been recognised for his devotion and passion for Italian art, music and culture, and his tireless promotion of Italy’s artistic heritage in Australia and around the world through his work with local governments, agencies and communities.
Mr Terracini was understandably proud of the recognition. ‘I feel very humbled to be honoured by the presentation of this highly prestigious award. My heritage and my profession demand that I communicate my passion for both Italian and Australian art and culture as much as I possibly can, but nevertheless, I feel extremely proud that the work I have done over many years has been recognised in this way.’
This year, the AIOA scholarship is offered in association with the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London — one of the world’s leading training centres for opera — and has been awarded toFleuranne Brockway.
Fleuranne, an exciting young mezzo-soprano from Perth, made her company debut with Victorian Opera in 2016. This year she will make her main-stage debut with West Australian Opera in the role of Mercédès in their upcoming production of Bizet'sCarmen. Following the production, Fleuranne will take up her scholarship at the Royal College of Music Opera Studio.
In accepting the scholarship, Fleur said, ‘I am thrilled and delighted. It is a huge honour to receive a position in this prestigious program and I can’t wait to make the most of this incredible opportunity’.
The Chairman of AIOA William Cowan AM said, ‘For 35 years we have encouraged and supported young Australian singers who aspire to perform on the world stage. We are delighted that Fleuranne will have the opportunity to study at the RCM. Our continuing goal is to offer our young Australian winners the very best preparation for a professional career in international opera.’
The Head of Vocal and Opera at the RCM, Nick Sears said. ‘Our goal in joining with the AIOA is to support outstanding Australian vocal talent. Our proud heritage of developing Australian singers makes the RCM a natural home for winners of the AIOA scholarship. Our program acts as a bridge to the opera profession and a safe environment in which to hone all the skills required for a successful career as a professional opera soloist.’