Australian soprano awarded top prize in one of the world’s most prestigious singing competitions.

Australian Soprano Eleanor Lyons, a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium, has has taken the first prize of €10,000 at the 9th International Obraztsova Singing Competition held in the Grand Hall of The Saint Petersburg Philharmonic in Russia. The jury included Elena Obraztsova, Richard Bonynge, Eva Marton, Sabino Lenoci, Larisa Gergieva and Tamara Sinyavskaya.

Lyons beat off stiff competition from over 100 entrants in a program which included music by Puccini, Verdi, Rach, Wagner Giordano, Thaik, Rimsky, Gounod, Bernstein. She was notably the only non-Soviet bloc contestant to win.

Interviewed afer the event a delighted Lyons said, “I’m not sure how I’ll spend the money – probably on my studies. My husband was born in Odessa, he’s a pianist who always wanted to be a conductor. He came to study at the St Petersburg Conservatorium, but after three years I missed him so much I decided to join him.” While there she took the opportunity to take part in master classes with Obraztsova.

“Elena Obraztsova is a wonderful person and a great artist who knows how to enjoy every moment in life”, she said. “I believe that...