The Opera Foundation for young Australians has announced that the Winner of the 2018 Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship is Xenia Puskarz Thomas, a 21 year old mezzo soprano from Queensland.
Xenia plans to study in New York with internationally acclaimed vocal, language and movement coaches.
Anke Höppner, 2018 Head Adjudicator and Member of the Foundation’s Music Advisory Council said that Xenia had ‘a beautiful mezzo-soprano voice of magnificent potential.
‘She inspired the audience with her energetic stage presence and fearless desire to engage with the characters she portrayed at the deepest emotional levels. The promise of Xenia’s talent convinced us that she would be able to thrive most under the conditions of the scholarship.’
Living Arts Canberra congratulates Xemia and wishes her every success sin her career.