Rising soprano star takes top prize

Dame Malvina Major Foundation Aria Competition winner soprano Isabella Moore. Photo supplied.
Dame Malvina Major Foundation Aria Competition winner soprano Isabella Moore. Photo supplied.
Rising young soprano star Isabella Moore has won the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Aria Competition in Dunedin, adding that title to a string of other recent singing successes.

''Winning always feels good,'' Ms Moore (24), of Auckland, said yesterday.

She won first prize, the $5000 Dame Malvina Major Foundation award, from six fellow finalists, during the Senior Vocal Festival 2014, at the Burns Hall, First Church, Dunedin on Saturday. Dunedin-trained bass-baritone Joel Amosa, of Auckland, gained second prize, the $2000 Val Braumann Award.

Ms Moore is New Zealand-born, with English, Irish, German and Samoan heritage, and has music qualifications including a bachelor of music degree, from the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington.

She recently completed a masters degree in advanced vocal studies with distinction, at the Wales International Academy of Voice under the tutelage of renowned tenor Dennis O'Neill.

Ms Moore recently won the prestigious IFAC Australian Singing Competition, and this year won the Lexus Song Quest.

It had been ''amazing'' to win the Dame Malvina Major Foundation award in Dunedin, she said.

The win was particularly significant because she had enjoyed previous success in foundation-backed events, and had gained scholarship support from the foundation, she said. She had been especially pleased to perform for leading soprano Marie McLaughlin, who adjudicated the competition.

Ms Moore aimed to pursue a singing career based in the United Kingdom and the recent competition success was helping her to achieve that goal, she said.

john.gibb@odt.co.nz

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