Dame Kiri Te Kanawa performed in Ballarat on 30 October 2016 where the internationally acclaimed opera singer first won the Herald Sun Aria in 1966 at Royal South Street. Dame Kiri became Patron for South Street in 2006. Tickets are available at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

“The city holds special memories for me. It was there that I won the Herald Sun Aria in 1966, and this was a big influence on my decision to travel to the UK for extended study at the London Opera Centre which provided opportunities to launch my career.”

Career Launcher

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 2016 the Herald Sun Aria celebrated 92 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)
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