She may never get to be Mary Poppins, but thanks to a lot of hard work and competition success she will fly to the Big Apple.

Born Echuca, 1992
Studied Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Likes Dogs, travel and mango sorbet!
Dislikes Slow internet, burning my tongue and running late

As a young singer, who were your inspirational voices?

Growing up, I was always in awe of Julie Andrews. My dream was to be Mary Poppins! Then, through studying opera, I was introduced to incredible sopranos such as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Kathleen Battle, Barbara Bonney and Patricia Petibon. These women are absolute technicians and charismatic performers. I am also inspired by contemporary music singers that exude musicality and passion, such as Glen Hansard, Kristin Chenoweth, David Phelps and Sia. This year I have been fortunate to have been coached by operatic royalty – Renée Fleming, Yvonne Kenny and Dame Felicity Lott – who continue to motivate me!

So did you have a Road to Damascus moment when you realised opera was something you were seriously interested in?

I was always drawn to classical music, participating in choirs and community theatre groups. However, I do remember seeing productions...