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. Singer of the Year 2017 .

Melbourne Welsh Male Choir invite singers, 35 years and under, to participate in this annual competition, sponsored by one of Australia’s leading male choirs. For more information please read the following document (pdf)

previous winners and some history


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finalists 2016:

Bronte Zemlic, Kate Amos, Nicholas Jones

winner 2016:

Kate Amos


The 2016 Singer of the Year Contest was adjudicated by Graeme and Margot Wall with Simon Bruckard the accompanist. Kate Amos was presented with $5,000 and Nicholas and Bronte each presented with $1,000. The prize money was due to very generous sponsorship with The Robert Salzer Foundation being our major sponsor for 2016.


The inaugural Singer of the Year Competition was in 1993 and since then it has become one of Australia's leading Performance competitions. It is one of the few competitions which emphasise performance as a key criteria. Previous winners have gone on to grace the national and international opera and concert stages.

Heats are held over two nights, with four contestants chosen to perform at the final in September, sharing the stage with the internationally-acclaimed Melbourne Welsh Male Choir.

Previous winners of this prestigious competition:

2016 - Kate Amos (Soprano) concert programme

2015 - Michael Lampard (baritone) concert programme

2014 - Jeremy Kleeman (bass/baritone) concert programme

2013 - Stacey Alleaume (Soprano) concert programme

2012 - Lee Abrahmsen (Soprano) concert programme

2011 - Siobhan Stagg (Soprano)

2010 - Barbara Zavros (Soprano) concert programme

2009 - Samuel Dundas (Baritone) concert programme

2008 - Jacqueline Porter (Soprano)

2007 - Adrian Tamburini (Baritone)

2006 - Suzanne Shakespeare (Coloratura-Soprano)

2005 - Lauren Oldham (Soprano)

2004 - Mark Fowler (Tenor)

2003 - Lisa Anne Robinson (Soprano)

2002 - Michelle Cook (Soprano)

2001 - Amanda Forbes (Soprano)

2000 - John Bode (Tenor)

1999 - Alexandra Sherman (Mezzo-Soprano)

1998 - Leslie Martin (Soprano)

1997 - Kim Wheeler (Soprano)

1996 - Antoinette Halloran (Soprano)

1995 - Sally-Anne Russell (Mezzo-Soprano)

1994 - Paul Blewett (Baritone)

1993 - Paul Batey (Tenor)