Fleuranne Brockway Wins Dame Heather Begg Memorial Award

By Nicolas Quiroga

Australian mezzo-soprano Fleuranne Brockway has been awarded the prestigious Dame Heather Begg Memorial Award, a $ 25,000 grant, provided through the Melba Opera Trust.

Brockway is an international star who has trained as an opera artist, thanks to the scholarships she has received from the Melba Opera Trust, the Australian International Opera Awards Scholarship, and German Australian Opera Grant. She has taken up a position at the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden where she is a member of the principal ensemble.

“It is a very complete moment for me, I have never experienced anything more exciting or magical. This scholarship will allow me to focus the study and extend it with more trainers, to take movement classes to promote my theater art, it is a great amount of resources at my disposal,” Brockway said in an official press statement. “I have invested a lot of myself to find the right mentors and teachers to continue improving my technique, learning more about languages, diction, musicality and the performing arts. After studying at the university, I realized that only through exceptional preparation could I give myself the freedom to create and communicate what I want to say.”

Moffatt Oxenbould, one of the trustees of the Begg Estate, added that “the award is offered each year to one or more young singers from Australia or New Zealand and in these unstable times due to the pandemic we are grateful that quality young artists can benefit from this generous award.”