AMY Corkery is well on her way to living her dream and forging a career as an international operatic artist.
Ms Corkery, a former student of Kinross Wolaroi School, has been selected as one of six finalists in the running to win the Opera Foundation Australia’s German Opera Scholarship.
The winner will be announced on October 21 following a final performance by all finalists and will receive $43,000 to cover the living expenses of joining Germany’s Cologne Opera Ensemble for 12 months and $3000 for German language lessons.
Ms Corkery said while she was up against a strong set of competitors she would do her best on the day.
“I’ll go in with a positive attitude and have a good time. Any result is great,” she said.
Ms Corkery said winning the scholarship would give her an opportunity to do something very few young singers will ever get to do.
“I would love to spend that much time in Germany and learn about the culture, the people, the language,” she said
Ms Corkery admits she’s had a life-long love of singing and credits her teacher at Kinross, Pauline Dywer, for encouraging her in her training and career.
“She started my passion for classical music and helped me get into the Conservatorium of Music,” she said.
No matter what the outcome of the scholarship, Ms Corkery said she’d continue to pursue a singing career.
“When you have a talent and a huge passion, you throw yourself into it 100 per cent,” she said.
The other finalists are Angela Brun, Pascal Herington, Cassandra Seidemann, Luke Stoker and Janet Todd, with all performers accompanied by pianist Francis Greep