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Bronwyn Douglass is an exciting young mezzo soprano on the brink of an international career. She was recently named the winner of the 2017 Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award and the 2017 Opera Foundation for young Australians Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship which will see her undertaking private study in New York and Italy this year.
Bronwyn graduated with a Masters in Operatic Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 2014, also receiving an award for academic excellence and the Wagner Society in Queensland Encouragement Award. She attended the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School from 2013-2015 and the Mediterranean Opera Summer Program held in Caltagirone, Sicily in 2014.
Bronwyn has performed the roles of Olga in Eugene Onegin for Co-Opera (2016), Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterflyfor Opera Projects, Sydney (2016), Flora in Verdi’s La Traviata for Opera New England (2016); Nadezhda von Meck in Sean Ross’ new opera Tchaikovsky, Angel of Music (2015), Miss Baggot in Benjamin Britten’s The Little Sweep for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (2015); and Second Witch in Dido and Aeneas for the Brisbane Baroque Festival (2015).
On the concert platform she recently performed Five Tudor Portraits with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs to rave reviews. Bronwyn has performed as the Alto Soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (2015 & 2016) and the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic (2016). She was also a soloist in the Music on Sunday’s Serieswith the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (2015) and performed as the Alto Soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria for the 4MBS Festival of Classics (2014).
Bronwyn has received many awards, grants and scholarships. As well as her success at the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award and the Opera Foundation for Young Australians Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship, Bronwyn was a finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship and placed second in the Opera and Arts Support Group Vocal Scholarship. She has also been the proud recipient of the Amelia Joscelyne Memorial Scholarship with the Melba Opera Trust since 2016.
Bronwyn is currently preparing for her debut as Rosina in a touring production of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia for Co-Opera and will then be travelling to Italy to undertake the Georg Solti Accademia in Castiglione della Pescaia, Tuscany.