Laura King wins 2016 Mietta Song Competition
Sydney-based soprano Laura King won the Mietta Song Competition on 17 July 2016 at the Australian National Academy of Music, South Melbourne.
Dedicated to promoting the performance and wider appreciation of Art Song, the Mietta Song Competition is a biennial contest for classical singers and pianists.
This year’s judging panel consisted of Professor Mel Waters, Dame Felicity Lott, Peter Coleman-Wright and Caroline Almonte.
In addition to the $5000 awarded for first prize, Laura won the O’Donnell family prize and the Arnold and Mary Bram prize for best Australian song. Receiving second prize was soprano Zoe Drummond.
The Hugh D. T. Williamson prize (for the first prize pianist) of $5000 was awarded to Laura’s associate artist, pianist, Jonathan Wilson, whilst the second placed pianist was Benjamin Burton, who accompanied Zoe. The audience choice prize went to Melbourne countertenor Max Riebl.
Laura said: “This is the biggest honour of my career. To be awarded the first prize by such esteemed judging panel makes this even more prestigious. I would like to thank to my musical partner,pianist Jonathan Wilson, without whom this wouldn’t be possible.”