Herald Sun Aria
From Grand Opera

$60,000 Awarded by the Herald Sun, Melbourne

One of Australia’s Richest Vocal Scholarships

2018 details coming soon!

Optional heat Auditions via Video submission. Click here to learn more!

Ballarat’s very own Herald Sun Aria From Grand Opera is internationally recognised as a showcase for Australia’s young operatic talent.

Widely regarded as the nation’s most prestigious competition for emerging opera singers, the Herald Sun Aria offers over $60,000 in cash prizes and scholarships to enrich the training of our brightest talent.

In 2017 the Herald Sun Aria celebrates 93 years of launching the international careers of many well-known singers, including: Dame Malvina Major (1964) Dame Kiri Te Kanawa 1965), Jonathon Summers (1973), Judith Henley (1976), Roger Lemke (1985), Jason Wasley (1993), and Rachelle Durkin (2000).

2017 Adjudicators

Richard Mills- Orchestral Adjudicator

Roxanne Hislop

Suzanne Johnston

Prize Money

Winner: $15,000

Runner Up: $6,000

Finalist: $1,250


Winner: $22,500 for overseas tuition and travel

Runner Up: $8,000 for overseas or Australian tuition and travel

Encouragement Award: $2,500 for Australian tuition and travel


September 15th 2017

Semi Final

September 16th 2017


October 25th 2017

Hamer Hall, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne

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