AIO Awards (AIOA) announces Fleuranne Brockway as scholarship recipient

The Australian International Opera Awards, Australia’s most prestigious vocal scholarship, this year offered in association with the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London. Together, the AIOA and the RCM are delighted to announce that the recipient of their 2018 scholarship is Fleuranne Brockway.

AIO Awards (AIOA) announces Fleuranne Brockway as scholarship recipient

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Fleuranne is an exciting young mezzo-soprano from Perth. She completed her Bachelor of Music in Classical Vocal Performance in 2016 under the tutelage of Megan Sutton at the University of Western Australia. She has since furthered her vocal studies with Gregory Yurisich AM.

In 2016, Fleuranne made her company debut with Victorian Opera in the role of Madame de la Haltière in Massenet’sCendrillon. Later she originated the role of Mrs Mayor in the world premiere ofThe Pied Piper.

Since 2017 Fleuranne has been a Wesfarmers Arts Young Artist with West Australian Opera. She is the current recipient of the Ruskin Opera Scholarship and the inaugural Annie McFarling Opera Scholarship with the Melba Opera Trust.

This year she will make her main-stage debut with West Australian Opera in the role of Mercédès in their upcoming production of Bizet'sCarmen. Following the production Fleuranne will take up her scholarship at the Royal College of Music Opera Studio.

In accepting the AIOA scholarship, Fleur said: “I am thrilled and delighted. It is a huge honour to receive a position in this prestigious program and I can’t wait to make the most of this incredible opportunity."

The AIOA, in this new partnership with the RCM, offers a full tuition scholarship, plus travel and living expenses for the winner. Fleuranne will participate in the opera program at the school commencing in September 2018. The scholarship is valued at $70,000.

The RCM Opera Studio is one of the world’s leading training centres for opera. It offers operatic training at the highest level for performers from around the globe and many of the world’s leading singers have passed through its doors. Each student benefits from rigorous training which is sensitive to their individual needs. Replicating professional conditions is the hallmark of the RCM’s approach to operatic training; students work regularly with a team of coaches, musicians and theatre professionals and perform in acclaimed productions in the first-class Britten Theatre.

The Chairman of AIOA William Cowan AM said: “For 35 years we have encouraged and supported young Australian singers who aspire to perform on the world stage. We are delighted that Fleuranne will have the opportunity to study at the RCM. Our continuing goal is to offer our young Australian winners the very best preparation for a professional career in international opera.”

The Head of Vocal and Opera at the RCM, Nick Sears said ”Our goal in joining with the AIOA is to support outstanding Australian vocal talent. Our proud heritage of developing Australian singers makes the RCM a natural home for winners of the AIOA scholarship. Our program acts as a bridge to the opera profession and a safe environment in which to hone all the skills required for a successful career as a professional opera soloist.”

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