Perth mezzo-soprano Fleuranne Brockway has been announced as the recipient of the Australian International Opera Awards’ Royal College of Music Scholarship. Newly partnered with the Royal College of Music in London, the AIOA is regarded as the most prestigious vocal scholarship. Brockway joins the opera program at the RCM this September on a full tuition scholarship valued at $70,000, and receives travel and living expenses.
“I am thrilled and delighted,” said Brockway. “It is a huge honour to receive a position in this prestigious program and I can’t wait to make the most of this incredible opportunity.”
“For 35 years we have encouraged and supported young Australian singers who aspire to perform on the world stage,” said William Cowan, Chairman of the AIOA. “We are delighted that Fleuranne will have the opportunity to study at the RCM. Our continuing goal is to offer our young Australian winners the very best preparation for a professional career in international opera.”
“Our goal in joining with the AIOA is to support outstanding Australian vocal talent,” said Nick Sears, Head of Vocal and Opera at the RCM. “Our proud heritage of developing Australian singers makes the RCM a natural home for winners of the AIOA scholarship. Our program acts as a bridge to the opera profession and a safe environment in which to hone all the skills required for a successful career as a professional opera soloist.”
Brockway studied Classical Vocal Performance with Megan Sutton at the University of Western Australia, and has since worked with Gregory Yurisich and attended the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School on a full scholarship. Brockway was also one of Victorian Opera’s Developing Artists in 2016, and originated the role of Mrs Mayor in the world premiere of Richard Mill’s The Pied Piper for the company in that time.
In 2017, Brockway joined West Australian Opera as one of their Wesfarmer’s Young Artists, and won the National Liederfest that same year. She is the current recipient of the Ruskin Opera Scholarship, and the inaugural Annie McFarling Opera Scholarship awarded by the Melba Opera Trust.
Brockway makes her mainstage debut with West Australian Opera in the role of Mercédès in its upcoming production of Carmen in July.
Learn more about the Australian International Opera Awards here