Soprano Natalie Aroyan has been announced as the recipient of the Harding Miller Foundation Opera Scholarship 2019. Awarded by the Australia Council for the Arts to female opera singers who have demonstrated outstanding ability and promise, the $30,000 scholarship can be used to enable study or travel either domestically or internationally. Founded by Kim Harding and Irene Miller in 2012, the Harding Miller Foundation funds Australian projects that advance opportunities for girls and women, particularly in the arts, education and environment.

Natalie Aroyan Natalie Aroyan. Photo © James Horan

A Principal Artist with Opera Australia, Aroyan’s recent roles for the company include the title role of Aida , Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Micaëla in Carmen. Past accolades include winning The Opera Foundation New York Competition and the Herald Sun Aria Competition, both in 2008.

“It is a tremendous honour to be selected to receive such a prestigious and generous scholarship from the Harding Miller Opera Foundation,” Aroyan told Limelight. “I am so grateful to Opera Australia and the Australian operatic community for their continued support and encouragement in this challenging and rapidly evolving industry....