On Sunday 14 June, seven young semi-finalists will each perform two works of their choosing, as part of the second round of this year’s Joan Carden Award. To have seven talented vocalists is a testament to the level of interest we’ve received in the competition to date. In fact, we were thrilled to have received over 30 entries, which were then painstakingly assessed, bringing the number for the semi-finals to seven and representing all vocal parts.
The performance on 14 June will not just determine who will proceed to the finals of the Award in August—it will also include a Master class from ‘the People’s Diva’, Miss Joan Carden herself. This aims to provide all participants with a glimpse into the field to which they aspire, to stimulate them and help develop their own thinking.
There is no better teacher than the voice of experience, and Miss Carden is well-placed to provide advice and valuable feedback to those who are just establishing their careers. As one of Australia’s premier operatic sopranos, she has performed more than 50 major roles, some in more than one language. Her willingness to share her expertise in this way is greatly appreciated.
The semi-finals of the Joan Carden Award (including Master Class) will be held at 2pm on Sunday 14 June in St Patrick’s Parish Hall, Drynan Street, Summer Hill. A limited number of tickets (costing $25) is available—for more information visit the Joan Carden Award website. Tickets include a copy of the program and a glass of wine at the conclusion of the event.