The competitions return to the beautifully renovated Her Majesty’s and an open day is held with more than 1000 people turning out to inspect the resplendent interiors.

TV auditions for drama are introduced with the assistance of Grundy Productions and VIC TV, with an overwhelming response and Linda Thompson wins the Herald Sun Aria.

“For the first time, a lot of singers saw opportunities to sing opera, in costume at home, The Aria was viewed as the springboard into that world.”

Linda Thompson.