Australian mezzo-soprano Fleuranne Brockway has received the prestigious Dame Heather Begg Memorial Award. The sought-after $25,000 grant, awarded through Melba Opera Trust, will provide funding for travel and tuition for the young singer.

Dame Heather Begg Memorial Award

The annual award was established in honour of the late New Zealand born opera singer Dame Heather Begg after her passing in 2009, recognising a career spanning four continents and five decades. Since its inception, the award has supported young Australian and New Zealand singers including Lauren Fagan, Emily Edmonds, Samuel Dundas and Jeremy Kleeman.

“[Receiving this award] is a very full-circle moment for me as Dame Heather Begg was one of the reasons I came to opera in the first place. My first operetta was seeing a re-run of Opera Australia’s The Mikado, with Dame Heather Begg as Katisha. I had never experienced anything more hysterical, exciting, or magical. This first production really shaped what I love about opera, which is bringing life to the character on stage and through the...