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News of our members, events and sponsored singers

Our President, Sandra Rogerson, with Samantha Hargraves in London. May 2024

Since relocating to London last September, Samantha has thrived at Guildhall School, establishing herself as an actor-singer with versatility and spirit. During her summer break she will study with Italian soprano Valeria Esposito (1987 Winner BBC Cardiff Singer of the World) for one month in Iesi, Italy, supported by Acclaim Awards.

In 2022, she participated in a two-week workshop with Valeria organised by Acclaim awards in Melbourne, Australia. This culminated in the presentation of awards to the most promising artists. She won the Acclaim Ambassadorial Prize, which comprised of six months of singing lessons in Melbourne and Italian language lessons (Italiano & Co.). Because of her vocal and language progress, Acclaim recently extended her award to include a month-long trip to Iesi, Italy, to work with Valeria daily in her home studio. They will study the roles of Susanna, Despina and Norina, as well as looking at other arias from Italian opera in preparation for her auditions in November and December.

Our President Honoured at           Government House

The Committee and members of the Opera Society Inc. are delighted to congratulate President Valma Allaway on being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for “Service to the performing arts administration” in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours.


A staunch supporter of Opera in particular our president has worked tirelessly for the benefit of our society, its’ members and Opera in Victoria for many decades.


We believe that this accolade is extremely well deserved and indicates just how valuable her work, and that of the society in general, is to our community.

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