Laura & associate artist Jonathan Wilson make it through to Mietta Song Competition

Laura and Jonathan are so excited to be one of 7 couples selected to compete in the semifinals of the National  Meitta Song competition. The competition takes place in Melbourne on the 16th & 17th of July.

Judges are: Dame Felicity Lott, Peter Coleman-Wright, Caroline Almonte, & Professor Mel Waters.

The Mietta Song Competition (formerly the Mietta Song Recital Award) sprang from an idea of the late Michael Easton and his partner Len Vorster. It came into being at Mietta’s, the Melbourne restaurant in which the late Mietta O’Donnell and her partner Tony Knox established a salon of all the arts, and especially music. In 1995, supported by the distinguished singer, Lauris Elms, it was initiated as an award to foster art song, that intimate partnership of voice and piano which may seem small indeed, but which can nevertheless pack more punch in one minute than an aria or chorus ten times longer and louder.

Art song is a demanding discipline, requiring perfect cooperation between singer and pianist in matching words and music, and communicating both to the audience. The process of the Award is, however, relatively simple: Entrants perform three songs, differing in period and in style, to a live audition panel. The audition panel selects up to eight semi-finalists, inviting them (and some others) to participate in Master Classes before the weekend of the competition, when the distinguished judges select up to four finalists and award the various prizes.

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