Royal South Street Eisteddfod 2021
Herald Sun Aria
10 Sep 2021 to 11 Sep 2021
(To be confirmed after receipt of Entries and Programming has been finalised)
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In partnership with Melbourne Opera

Proudly supported by Medownick


96th Year


$60,000 Awarded by the Herald Sun, Melbourne


Australia’s oldest and most prestigious prize for emerging classical singers




To be advised


Section Chair

Peter Zala



Winner ~ $30,000


The Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Prize ~ $10,000


The Richard Divall Prize ~ $10,000


Other Finalists ~ $1,500



$200 will be awarded to each of the 12 competitors selected for the Semi-Final at the Royal South Street Competitions by the Herald Sun



Entry Fee ~ $95




These conditions are to be read in conjunction with the Royal South Street Society General Conditions.


  1. This contest is open to an Australasian (Australia, New Zealand, etc) person who has been resident in Australasia for at least 5 years immediately prior to October 1, 2019. Competitors must be at least 19 and not over 35 years of age on December 31, 2019 (E.g. Competitors can be aged 35 years and 11months – but must not have attained 36th birthday prior to 31st December). First prize winners of previous Herald Sun Aria Contests are not eligible to enter. In the semi-final and final the adjudicators will consider the singer’s potential as well as their performance.

  2. Competitors must enter in their own names and be prepared to furnish birth certificates and proof of residency, if requested.

  3. Competitors must compete in the order in which their names appear in the official program, unless officially authorised or directed otherwise.

  4. The closing date for entries is close of business (3pm) Wednesday, June 23rd.

  5. Competitors must email ~ full names of four ariasfrom grand opera by Friday, August 13th

  6. Competitors in the heats will sing an aria of their own choice from the four submitted. In the semi-final, competitors must sing a different aria from that which they sang in the heat, which will be chosen by the adjudicators from the four, submitted. At the final in the Melbourne Recital Centre, Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne, it is intended that competitors sing two arias of their choice, from the form submitted, at least one of which has not previously been sung by that competitor in either the heats or the semi-final, however, this may be varied by the adjudicators in order to accommodate orchestral considerations. All arias are to be performed in the original language and key.

  7. Twelve (12) will be selected from the heats to compete in a semi-final at the Royal South Street. From the semi-final five (5) will be selected to appear in the final Melbourne Recital Centre, Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne. In addition, two semi-finalists may be chosen as emergencies. The five (5) finalists must be available for two interviews – firstly with the adjudicators and secondly with a representative of the Herald Sun, immediately following the completion of the semi-final.

  8. An official Royal South Street accompanist will be provided for the heat(s) and semi-final in Ballarat. Competitors may engage their own accompanist for the heat if desired, but the official Royal South Street accompanist must be used by all semi-finalists. Payments to the accompanist for any privately arranged rehearsals with the official accompanist are the responsibility of the competitor. Both arias at the final will be run to orchestral accompaniment and the finalists will be required for rehearsals at times to be notified.

  9. Music & Copyright:Competitors must provide music for up to three adjudicators and accompanist at the heat, semi-final and final. On all three occasions the original music may be provided for use by one of the adjudicators. For information relating to copyright of all printed, photocopied, adapted or reproduced material, please refer to APRA AMCOS Copyright Rules.

For the accompanist’s music it is preferable that photocopies of the original (book) music be used.

For the accompanist’s music, competitors must take care to ensure that:

  • The photocopies are of high quality and none of the score is missing
  • All pages are in correct order; and
  • Pages are securely presented in individual non-glare plastic sleeves in a spiral type binder that does not have removable sleeves.

  1. Semi-finalists, who are chosen to contest the final, must provide Curriculum Vitae, once selected and at the time of interview with the Herald Sun: NB: this information must NOT be attached to the music submitted at the time of registration prior to the semi-final.
19 to Under 36
540 HERALD SUN ARIA Herald Sun Aria     19 to Under 36

PRIZES: WINNER $15,000, RUNNER UP $6,000, FINALIST $1,250 SCHOLARSHIPS Winner: $22,000 for overseas tuition and travel Runner Up: $8,000 for overseas or Australian tuition and travel Encouragement Award: $2,500 for Australian tuition and travel $200 will be awarded to each of the 12 competitors selected for the semi-final. The Herald Sun Aria final will be held at Hamer Hall, Victoria Arts Centre, Melbourne,

Herald Sun Aria Sponsor

Entries Closed
Entry: $95.00