Pinchgut Opera has announced the formation of the Taryn Fiebig Scholar program, which will help support the development an emerging Australian opera singer with special promise. The scholarship has been established to honour the significant legacy of Australian soprano Taryn Fiebig, who diedon 20 March, 2021 at the age of 49 after a long illness. Fiebig was aware of the idea and was delighted, said Pinchgut Opera Artistic Director, Erin Helyard.

Taryn Fiebig performing in Rameau’s Pigmalionfor Pinchgut Opera. Photograph © Patrick Boland

Pinchgut Opera will identify and appoint a scholar every two years. The chosen singer, who will be recommended by Helyard, will participate in Pinchgut productions and events as part of a mentorship program, which will focus on: the importance of text and expression; the creation and projection of vocal beauty; approaching a musical score and libretto as a singing actor; the use of posture, dance, gesture and movement to portray a character; learning how and when to step forward and claim the limelight; fostering a collegiate approach with respect to every member of the company; and...