Her major roles for Opera Australia have included the title role in Aida, Desdemona inOtello, Mimi inLa Bohéme, Marguerite inFaust
and Amelia inSimon Boccanegra. In 2008 she won both The Opera Foundation New York Competition and the Herald Sun Aria Competition.
On receiving the scholarship Aroyan said:
‘I am tremendously honoured and grateful to the Australia Council for the Arts for awarding me with the Harding Miller Foundation Opera Scholarship. I know it must have been a tough decision as there are many gifted female operatic artists in Australia who are just as deserving, so I am truly thankful for this opportunity and look forward to making my trip overseas with this very generous financial contribution to broaden my horizons in the Opera world and making my dreams a reality of becoming an internationally acclaimed Soprano... who still calls Australia home.’
The Harding Miller Foundation was founded by Kim Harding and Irene Miller in 2012. The Foundation funds projects that support women, education, the arts and the environment. The Harding Miller Operatic Scholarship aligns with the Foundation’s objective of providing educational opportunities for women. The scholarship with worth $30,000 over two years and funds can be used to support study and travel either domestically or internationally.