Time is running out to apply for the Elizabeth Connell Prize auditions. There will be a huge amount of attention paid to the first winner of what is bound to become an important prize, and ensure the permanent memory of a wonderful singer, colleague, and friend, Elizabeth Connell, who died just two years ago.
So hats off to those who have worked tirelessly to institute this prize, above all distinguished Australian mezzo, Fiona Janes, whose commitment has been total.
So you Dramatic Sopranos out there - apply now. There will be preliminary rounds in Sydney in June, then in London and New York in July. The finals will be in Sydney in September 7-14.
The sun is out, and it is warming up. Hotter than St Tropez this weekend apparently!