04 Jun 2018


Melbourne based operatic lyric tenor Michael Petruccelli has been announced as the 2018 Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary recipient.

Mr Petruccelli’s bursary will assist with his expenses in taking up a prestigious scholarship with Opernstudio in association with Frankfurt Opera in Germany, one of the most prestigious music theatres in Europe.

Mr Petruccelli said he was extremely humbled and thankful that he had been chosen as the 2018 Brian Boak Bursary recipient.

After beginning to sing at an early age with Victorian Boys Choir and several school musicals, Mr Petruccelli eventually found his way to the University of Melbourne studying a Bachelor of Music and a Masters of Music, coupled with Victorian Opera’s Developing Artist Program.

“I have been extremely fortunate to have worked alongside some truly wonderful colleagues, to be a scholar with the Melba Opera Trust and to have worked in some very remarkable places including making my debut for Opera Australia on the steps of the Sydney Opera House,” Mr Petruccelli said.

 “This program is my gateway to an international career,” Mr Petruccelli said.

“It will allow me to work with some of the brightest musical minds in Europe, perform as a principal on the main stage of one of Germany’s prominent opera houses and will allow me to continue to develop at an international standard,” he said.

“In my case, I will be an active member of the Opera Frankfurt Principal Ensemble; I will learn about the inner workings of the German Opera System, perform principal roles on the Opera Frankfurt main stage, participate in masterclasses and have regular German lessons.”

Mr Petruccelli leaves for Germany in September and will jump straight into rehearsals for his first principal role with the company.

The Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary is offered biennially and is worth up to $20,000. This bursary has been made possible through the generosity of the late Brian Boak, a staunch supporter of the performing arts on the Darling Downs.

The Brian Boak Bursary is designed to provide support to a person wishing to pursue a program of study or professional development at a recognised university, specialist post-secondary institution or other centre of excellence in the areas of acting, dancing, singing or instrumental performance.

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