25-year old Chloe Lankshear, was named as a Semi Finalist in Australia’s most prestigious classical singing competition. Chloe spent a large chunk of her childhood in children’s choirs particularly the Gondwana children choir with which she travelled a number of times throughout her adolescence. She says her dad, also her violin teacher, had an extreme amount of patience for her, particularly when she became frustrated by particularly difficult passages. In September, Chloe will compete for one of five spots in the competition finals and the chance to perform with the Opera Australia Orchestra.
After heats were held in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, National Adjudicator Noëmi Nadelmann, with assistance from local adjudicators, has selected eleven young singers from a pool of over 80 talented competitors to compete in the Semi-Finals Concert on Sunday 11 Augustat The Independent Theatrein North Sydney. This prestigious classical singing competition is presented by the Music & Opera Singers Trust.
Congratulations to: Bianca Bachiella (QLD), Matthew Dixon, Josi Ann Ellem, Stella Hannock, Rebecca Hart, Clare Hood, Louis Hurley, Chloe Lankshear, Manase Latu, Henry Pinder andSamson Setu.
The Semi-Finals Concert gives the audience the rare opportunity to hear from these emerging classical stars as they compete for a place in the Final and ultimately, for prizes that will allow them to jumpstart their careers.
The semi-finalists will also undergo a private workshop with accomplished Soprano Noëmi Nadelmann before presenting their practiced performances to a packed theatre. This is an exciting opportunity for a talented bunch of young musicians who have spent years refining their skills.
Many have spent years travelling kilometres to attend music lessons, choir rehearsals and overseas performances. For some, a love of music emerged from family tradition, for others during high school performances. For one competitor, a passion for classical music arose from a childhood gift they were given, a CD titled ‘Opera for Kids.’
These musicians will perform some of the most memorable works in the classical singing canon. From lieder to arias, Haydn to Donizetti, each finalist will perform two pieces accompanied by acclaimed collaborative artist and vocal coach, David Harper.
The Australian Singing Competition is open to singers under the age of 26. It offers young musicians a range of awards to help kickstart their careers in the performance industry, making it Australasia’s premier competition and the richest of its kind for young opera and classical singers with a prize pool of nearly $200,000.
The Music & Opera Singers Trust are happy to put you in touch with our semi-finalist. Please do get in touch if you require any further information or contacts.
VENUE: The Independent Theatre, 269 Miller Street, North Sydney
DATE: Sunday 11thAugust at 4.30pm