Closing Date:  28 Jun, 2019

Calling the next generation of opera and musical theatre stars

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At Opera Australia, we are encouraging senior secondary students across regional Australia to dream big, with the Regional Vocal Scholarship.

Full Details

Year 11 and 12 students from regional areas (eligibility below), interested in opera or musical theatre, are invited to apply for this wonderful opportunity. The four successful students will receive the Scholarship prize of a week-long visit to Sydney in January 2020, where they take in amazing opportunities including exclusive workshops with industry leaders, tickets to world-class performances at the Sydney Opera House, and the chance to perform for Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini and Opera Australia’s guests.

Applications are submitted using the online form, and each student should provide two videos singing an opera, classical or musical theatre piece.

Opera has the power to move, to change lives, to touch something great in us all, and make us recognise in ourselves what it is to be human. The experience of watching and participating in live performance are unique and unforgettable, and should be available to all.


  • Students must be in Year 11 or Year 12 at the time of applying
  • Students residential address must be 100kms or further from their nearest capital city centre (applicants from Tasmania and Northern Territory are exempt from this criteria)
The Application Process

Round One applications are currently open, and close on 28 June 2019.

Opera Australia will collect the following during the Round One application:

  • Contact Information
  • A Letter of Recommendation from a music or vocal teacher
  • 2x links to audition pieces. The pieces should be operatic, classical or musical theatre in style. The links should be hosted on vimeo or YouTube only, must be unlisted or private with passwords provided. Each video should be no more than 5:00 minutes long.

Following this round, some applicants will be invited to submit another video for Round Two. All applicants should receive communication by mid-September telling them if they have been invited to re-submit.

Scholarship Week

The four successful applicants will be notified in November, and are invited to attend the Scholarship Week in January 2020. This week includes, among other things, voice and acting training with professional Opera Australia staff, an insight into the opera and musical theatre industries through backstage tours, and an exclusive performance opportunity. Travel, accommodation and meal allowances are provided. Applications for the 2019 Regional Vocal Scholarship are now open.