Her big opera-tu­nity

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By KATE LEAVER

JOHN XXIII Col­lege stu­dent Ruth Bourke has been singing for as long as she can re­mem­ber and this month won an Opera Aus­tralia Re­gional Stu­dent Schol­ar­ship.

The Wem­b­ley Downs res­i­dent suc­cess­fully au­di­tioned for the schol­ar­ship ear­lier this year, which will give her and three oth­ers a chance to per­form for Opera Aus­tralia artis­tic di­rec­tor Lyn­don Ter­racini in Jan­uary.

She will also re­ceive pro­fes­sional train­ing from artis­tic, mu­sic, lan­guage and drama coaches at Opera Aus­tralia dur­ing Jan­uary, as well as spend time back­stage at the Sydney Opera House to get an insight into the work­ing life of opera singers.

While it is not an av­er­age choice for a 14year-old, Ruth said she had been in­ter­ested in clas­si­cal mu­sic for a long time.

“It’s a very mixed re­ac­tion from peo­ple at school,” she said.

“Ob­vi­ously my close friends sup­port me all the way but I do get quite a few peo­ple say­ing ‘why would you be in­ter­ested in that sort of stuff’ from peo­ple who aren’t my friends.

“It doesn’t bother me be­cause that’s what I’m into so I don’t really care, I like it.”

Ruth said her ul­ti­mate goal was a ca­reer as a pro­fes­sional opera singer, which re­quires a knowl­edge of lan­guage and drama.

“I have Ger­man lessons and I know a lit­tle bit of Ital­ian and French too,” she said.

“There’s go­ing to be train­ing in lan­guage, move­ment and stage pres­ence.

“I love drama as well, so the the­atri­cal side is great.”

Ruth said opera singing was nerve-rack­ing at first.

“Opera is like spicy food. It takes a lit­tle while to get used to but once you get into it it’s so amaz­ing to get up there and belt out a song,” she said.

“The sat­is­fac­tion of fin­ish­ing a really big song in an­other lan­guage is fan­tas­tic – it’s just such a good feel­ing.”

Ter­racini said he was amazed at the amount of tal­ent around the coun­try.

“It is im­por­tant for us to nur­ture and sup­port th­ese tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als with their jour­ney into the mu­sic in­dus­try,” Ter­racini said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d447303

Ruth Bourke won the Opera Aus­tralia Re­gional Stu­dent


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