HURLSTONE Park resident Georgia Melville, 22, will be hitting the highest notes when she battles it out against 10 other young singers in the semi-finals of the 2018 IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition next month.
Currently in her final year of a Bachelor of Music (Performance) in Voice at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, soprano Georgia has been singing and learning piano and classical guitar since she was five years old.
However, the former Newtown High School of the Performing Arts student said she was shocked to be chosen as a semi-finalist since the auditions were held in every capital city here as well as in London.
"I'm very thrilled as this is the first time I've entered this prestigious competition and I'm so happy to have made it this far," she said.
"I'm treating it as a learning experience and not focussed on the outcome but if I were to win, I would definitely use the money to re-locate overseas to Europe or London so I could further my post-graduate studies and experience.
"But for now, I'm concentrating on having more lessons with my singing teacher in the lead-up to the semi-finals and of course, I have to buy a new dress."
The Australian Singing Competition is open to singers under the age of 26, and offers a number of career-building awards, making it Australasia's premier competition, and the richest of its kind for our finest young opera and classical singers with nearly $200,000 in prizes.
Offering the chance to hear the next generation of opera stars perform some of the most loved and memorable work in the classical singing canon, the semi-finals concert will be held on Saturday, August 11, from 4.30pm at Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Studios, Ultimo.
From charming lieder to lyrical arias, each performer will sing two pieces as they compete to win a place in the Finals Concert on Saturday, September 8.
Cost: Free but bookings essential at eventbrite.com.au. For further info, go to aussing.org