freemasons opera school scholar

This award is granted every two years to a New Zealand Opera School student who, on the recommendations of senior artistic staff, is ready to take the next step to engage for study with an international opera academy. This announcement was made by Mr Mark Winger, Chair of the Freemasons Foundation.

The grant (award) is $20,000 each year for two years, subject to a satisfactory completion of the first year of study, to supplement a scholarship that has been granted by the international academy.

The 2022 recipient of the Freemasons Opera School Scholar was Samuel Downes.

Dame Malvina Major Foundation Award

The New Zealand Opera School Trustees and staff were delighted when the Dame Malvina Major Foundation created the DMMF Award to a student at the New Zealand Opera School to be presented at the conclusion of each January residential school.

The principal teachers, will, throughout the School, observe the students including their vocal ability, acting capabilities, languages and plans for the future and general presentation.

The 2022 recipient of the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Award was Emmanuel Fonoti-Fuimaono.

The 'Merle Higgie Opera Prize For Potential'

This Award was established by the late Merle Higgie’s family. Merle was an avid supporter of the work of the NZ Opera School and for years a regular attender at the School’s public events. The adjudication for this award is the most improved singer during the fortnight residential course. 

The 2022 recipient of the Merle Higgie Opera Prize for Potential was Rhiannon Cooper.

Spirit of the Opera School

In memory of the late Capt. Bryan Wyness, former Chair of the NZ Opera School Trust, the Spirit of the Opera School trophy is presented to the student who, during the course of the School, displays the all-round spirit of hard work, consideration and encouragement of fellow students, as well as a positive attitude at all times. An engraved miniature trophy is presented to the student, along with a cheque for $400.00. Observation of students is on-going throughout the School and the presentation is made at the function following the final grand concert.

The 2022 recipient of the Spirit of the School was Katherine Winitana.

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