I did not spend last night at a major singing competition, but evidently much of Australia did.
In Melbourne, it was the finals of the Herald Sun Aria. Placed first was the excellent soprano Natalie Aroyan, whose performances I've enjoyed on several occasions and who seems to be sweeping quite a few awards these days. Runner-up was soprano Anna Whitehead, while tenor Irving Dekterev received the Encouragement Award. [See Herald Sun article here.]
Meanwhile, in Sydney, I also (and less forgiveably) missed the finals of the Mathy Award. The winning singer was baritone Sitiveni Talei. As usual, the other three finalists all received a variety of prizes and scholarships. Special congratulations to my own favourite among the semi-finalists, Sky Ingram, who was awarded five prizes, including a year's fees at the Guildhall. [See competition website for a full prize list.]
Congratulation to all the winners. And it's not over yet! The competitions keep coming. On Sunday, it's the finals of Opera Foundation Australia's German Opera Scholarship — this one, I shan't be missing.