With her HSC behind her Amelia Bland is looking ahead towards a career in music, her options boosted this week through a scholarship with Opera Australia.
The James Sheahan Catholic High School graduate has been selected to spend a week with the prestigious institution in January.
Miss Bland is one of four scholarship recipients selected to gain behind-the-scenes insight into the working life of an opera singer, with the aim of developing the next generation of opera and musical theatre stars.
It's an amazing opportunity. There's not a lot of things like this offered to regional studentsAmelia Bland
Alongside Hannah Burton, from Tamworth, NSW, Luke London, from Speewah and Aylish Ryan from Toowoomba, Miss Bland will receive professional training from artistic, music, drama and language coaches, and spend time backstage at the Sydney Opera House before performing in front of Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini.
She said she's looking forward to coaching from a team with a fresh perspective and seeing what it takes at such an elite level.
"It's an amazing opportunity. There's not a lot of things like this offered to regional students," she said.
Miss Bland has already had an offer from the Australian National University in Canberra to study music.
She said she'll wait to see what her options are when exam results come in.
"I've put in a lot of work up until now, there's not much more to do but wait," she said.
Miss Bland and the other applicants were short-listed by Opera Australia's Regional Children's Chorus Master Mark Connors, who offered feedback to students before they resubmitted for the final round.
Mr Terracini and Mr Connors then judged the final winners, selecting four who have the potential to develop careers in opera and theatre.
Mr Connors said the level of talent was promising.
"I'm sure we'll be seeing many of these applicants seeking further study and performing on our stages," he said.
The Regional Vocal Scholarship launched in 2014 to expand Opera Australia's engagement with the community.
Open to all Year 11 and 12 students who live more than 100 kilometres from a capital city, the scholarship aims to make opportunities in the arts easily accessible for people in regional areas.
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