The Maroondah Singers Vocal Scholarship does the choir much credit. Many of the singers who have come to sing with us are progressing wonderfully well. Here is an update from our current newsletter by Nick Hansen.
Young singers encouraged by the choir’s vocal scholarship program continue to shine. Lotte Betts-Dean, currently based in the UK, was named as “Very Highly Commended” (runner-up) in the Royal Academy of Music Marjorie Thomas Art of Song Prize. She was also selected for the Academy’s art song specialist performance ensemble, Song Circle, for 2015-16. Samantha U’Ren, who recently moved to Sydney with her family, has just been included on the casual list for Opera Australia while Naomi Summers made her operatic debut in the XLArts production of Dvorak’s Rusalka before embarking on a European adventure. Stacey Alleaume returned to the stage for the first time since a serious accident earlier in the year when she sang at the OperaFest of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. Nathan Lay received high praise for his role as Riccardo in the Victorian Opera’s gala concert presentation of Bellini’s I Puritani.
It was thrilling and soul inspiring to hear our current vocal scholar Jenna Roubos rehearsing the Lakme de Delibes – Flower Duet with our resident soprano, Nadia Migliardi last Monday night. We look forward to hearing them again in our Annual Concert – one could never tire of listening to this soaringly beautiful aria.