Join us for a Celebration of Opera on 20th October


The William Wilkins Gallery
Level 7, 35 Bridge Street, Sydney Friday 20 October 2017 – 6.30pm for 7.00pm

We invite you and your friends to join the Opera & Arts Support Group as we bid a fond farewell to our long association with presenting memorable events at the elegant William Wilkins Gallery for a last hurrah at this special venue before the redevelopment of the historic sandstone Department of Education building into a Hotel.

Presenting a dazzling showcase of opera and music theatre with an ensemble of exceptional singers under the musical direction of Bradley Gilchrist. Principal artist with Opera Australia, Luke Gabbedy, will also compere the evening.

The performers are:

MICHAEL BUTCHARD – Tenor
CHRISTOPHER CURCURUTO – Bass Baritone
LUKE GABBEDY – Baritone
STEPHANIE GIBSON – Soprano
JANG HEE HAN – Baritone
JESSICA HARPER – Soprano
TESSA HAYWARD – Soprano
NYSSA MILLIGAN – Mezzo Soprano
MATTHEW REARDON – Tenor
BRADLEY GILCHRIST – Musical Director & Accompanist

Entrée : $95.00 including savouries and a selection of fine wines on arrival and supper with the artists.

Cast correct at time of publication. A list of guests will be held at the door. We regret that we are unable to offer refunds.

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Fantastic Raffle prizes during the O&ASG Opera Celebration
To be drawn at the William Wilkins Gallery on Friday 20 October 2017


Two A Reserve tickets to a performance during Opera Australia’s 2018 Sydney Summer Season.
Valid for performances on Monday-Friday for the 2018 Sydney Summer Season; excludes opening nights and matinees, New Year’s Eve Gala and Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour events.
Donated by Opera Australia • opera.org.au • 02 9318 8200 Value : $515.00

Two A Reserve tickets to opening night of Pinchgut Opera’s presentation of Handel’s Athalia.
City Recital Hall, Angel Place • Thursday 21 June 2018 7.00pm
Donated by Pinchgut Opera • pinchgutopera.com.au • 02 9318 8344 Value : $314.00

Four tickets to the 2018 Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship Final.
The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood (date to be advised).
Donated by Sydney Eisteddfod • sydneyeisteddfod.com.au • 02 9261 8366 Value : $160.00

Two tickets to any performance 2017/2018 Ensemble Theatre Season.
Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall Street, Kirribilli.
Donated by Ensemble Theatre • ensembletheatre.com.au • 02 9929 0644 Value : $150.00

Raffle Ticket prices 3 for $5.00 or 7 for $10.00 or 15 for $20.00

Raffle ticket application form available here

2017 Vocal Scholarship Final – Friday 21 July

Opera and Arts Support Group Vocal Scholarship Final – Friday 21 July 2017


St. Columba Uniting Church, Cnr Ocean & Forth Streets, Woollahra (Map here)
Friday 21 July 2017 – 7.00pm for 7.30pm

The Opera & Arts Support Group presents a major event in the Sydney Eisteddfod providing your opportunity to hear six talented young singers vying for the $10,000 first prize.

The six finalists competing for $17,000 in prize money for our adjudicators, Michael Lewis OAM and Nicole Youl to make the final decision.

1st Opera & Arts Support Group Vocal Scholarship $10,000.
2nd Paul Worthington OAM Encouragement Award $5,000.
Remaining four finalists $250 each.
Plus an Audience Vote for the Graham Matheson Award $1,000.

The 2017 Finalists are:

Finalist ~ Tessa Hayward (Ultimo)
Finalist ~  Michelle Ryan (Harwood)
Finalist ~  Jessica Harper (Newtown)
Finalist ~  Anna Stephens (Kenmore Hills, QLD)
Finalist ~ Jessie Wilson (Denistone East)
Finalist ~  Bronwyn Douglass (Voyager Point)
Reserve Finalist 1 ~  Jared Lillehagen (North Curl Curl)
Reserve Finalist 2 ~  Imogen-Faith Malfitano (Wollongong)

Entrée : $45.00 including savouries and drinks on arrival and supper with the finalists.

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Opera Bus Trip: Garden & Morning Tea at Savannah – Lunch with Opera at Allegro

house1The Opera & Arts Support Group in conjunction with the District Garden Clubs have pleasure in inviting you and your friends to join us for a day coach trip to Middle Dural and Kenthurst in Sydney’s beautiful Hills District.
8.30am Board our luxury coach in Eddy Avenue, Central Railway (Bay number to be advised).
9.00am Pick up Railway Street, Chatswood at bus interchange Chatswood Station.
9.45am Arrive at Savannah, 51 Mid Dural Road, Middle Dural.
Savannah at Middle Dural is a mature acreage garden established by the owners over thirty-five years. The
Palladian style homestead is surrounded by specimen trees enhanced by themed gardens, statuary and water gardens.
house1aThe Garden Tour will commence at 10.00am with drinks, canapés and morning tea at Savannah, kindly hosted by Hugh Crompton and Richard Howard.
11.30am Board the coach to arrive at Allegro, 1 Porters Road, Kenthurst at 12.00 noon where champagne will be served on the terrace.
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allegro3Allegro a stunning and luxurious Mediterranean style villa nestled in the picturesque Dural region of the Hills District is set amongst the towering gum trees of O’Hara’s Creek. Allegro is noted for its delicious food and impeccable service.
A two course luncheon (main and dessert) with accompanying wines will be served at your table.
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Musical presentation arranged by the internationally renowned Sharolyn Kimmorley AM at the grand piano with singers especially selected by Sharolyn will entertain performing opera and operetta favourites.
The return journey is scheduled to arrive at Chatswood by 4.45pm and Eddy Avenue by 5.30pm.
For guests who wish to drive parking will be available at the venues.
Cost $85.00 per person all inclusive.
Please advise if you require vegetarian. A list of guest will be held at the door. We regret that we are unable to offer refunds.

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Or contact Paul Worthington OAM on (02) 9386 5305 (B) (02) 8021 9217 (H) Mobile 0413 326 562
Email : worthington3@optusnet.com.au oasg@bigpond.net.au

Opera & Arts Support Group Vocal Scholarship Background

The Opera & Arts Support Group formed its initial links with Sydney Eisteddfod in 1992, when it stepped in to sponsor the Mozart Soprano Aria for singers in the 20 to 25 age group. Established in 1961 by former Sun Aria winner, singer and teacher Florence Taylor in memory of her hugely successful student Marjorie Conley who died tragically young in 1959, this event had such a poignant history, the Opera and Arts Support Group decided to increase the prize to $500 and present it as a small scholarship. Its members delighted in the talent it attracted and when adjudicator Neil Easton awarded the prize to Amelia Farrugia, they knew she was a potential star and began discussing the possibility of offering a bigger scholarship in the Sydney Eisteddfod framework.

Carrying a prize of $1,000, the scholarship bowed into the Sydney Eisteddfod program on August 27 1993 at the St Laurence Arts Centre in Pitt Street, Sydney, and 23 years on it continues to promote the highest standards in singing and benefit the careers of developing singers. Now with a total prize purse of $17,000, it showcases the talents of outstanding singers aged 30 years and under. The outright winner receives $10,000, the Paul Worthington OAM Encouragement Award of $5,000 rewards the singer who finishes in second place, the Graham Matheson Award of $1,000 is presented to the winner of the Audience Vote and the four remaining finalists receive $250 each.

1993 Tie between Timothy Collins & Voice coach and teacher
Craig Everingham Singer and teacher
1994 Timothy Collins As above
1995 Timothy Collins As above
1996 Goran Jordanov Well known Sydney singer
1997 Stephen Tall Opera Australia and Musical Theatre
1998 Richard Anderson Principal artist, Opera Australia
1999 Matthew Henrick Known as the Cammeray Singing Waiter
2000 Matthew Henrick As above
2001 Tanith Bryce Professional singer and teacher
2002 Dominica Matthews Principal artist with Opera Australia
2003 Celeste Lazarenko Well known opera Singer
2004 Caroline Wenborne Principal artist ensemble Vienna State Opera
and singing in Germany
2005 Anita Watson Enjoying a successful career abroad based
in London
2006 Suzanne Shakespeare Making her name as a professional singer
in Britain
2007 Phoenicia Johnson Singing in Germany
2008 Jin Hee Uhm (now known as Eva Kong) Singing with Opera Australia and
Opera Australia Young Artist
2009 John Longmuir Principal artist with Opera Australia
2010 Emma Moore Making a name for herself in Germany
2011 Bryony Dwyer Singing successfully in Europe
2012 Anna Dowsley Principal artist with Opera Australia
2013 Rachel Bate Singer and Head of Voice at the Wollongong
Conservatorium of Music
2014 Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon Studying and performing
2015 Tabatha McFadyen Excelling in her singing studies