OPERA singers from far and wide came to Ballarat for the Royal South Street Society Herald Sun Aria semi-finals at the weekend.
Fifty competitors from across the country sang on Friday night at Her Majesty’s Theatre and were short-listed to a group of 16 who performed on Saturday night.
Royal South Street Society manager Linda Kinnersly said the competition was incredibly competitive.
“The standard was exceptional and it was a delightful evening,” Ms Kinnersly said.
“It’s the most prestigious singing competition in Australia for opera singers.
“All competitors were under the age of 32 and made up a strong talent pool.”
Stephanie Gibson, Nicholas Jones, Nathan Lay, Stacey Alleaume, Jade Moffat and Samuel Sakker were chosen from the short-listed group as finalists by three adjudicators.
The six will go voice-to-voice in the final to be held at Hamer Hall in Melbourne in early October.
“Those six finalists are vying for a substantial scholarship, and significant prize money,” Ms Kinnersly said.
The winner of the Herald Sun Aria will be awarded with a $22,000 scholarship for overseas tuition and travel, plus $12,500 prize money.
A runner-up will also receive $6000 in prizemoney.