Attadale opera singer Fleuranne Brockway tunes up for Australian Singing Competition


Fleuranne Brockway, the only WA contestant in the Australian Singing competition, will be singing her heart out to win a scholarship to study opera in the UK.
Fleuranne Brockway, the only WA contestant in the Australian Singing competition, will be singing her heart out to win a scholarship to study opera in the UK.

ATTADALE opera singer Fleuranne Brockway is the only WA contestant in the Australian Singing Competition, which comes with the chance to win one of three scholarships.

The 24-year-old hopes it will show off her talent to the best in her field.

“This competition is one of the hardest to get into and the scholarships are over $30,000,’ she said.

Three scholarships are for specified UK schools.

Miss Brockway said she would need to work internationally to further her career.

But the competition this year was marred by criticism it did not come to Perth for live auditions, instead accepting recorded auditions.

“I love musical theatre and jazz but it’s the way operative singing is un-miked – the purity of it. There’s nothing like it in a live performance,” she said.

Miss Brockway travelled to Brisbane to audition and was the only WA contestant selected for the semi-final in July.

The final, to be performed with an orchestra, will take place in August and the performances will be recorded and streamed online.

Miss Brockway said she championed WA talent when she travelled.

In the meantime, she is busy staying fit and as healthy as possible during the winter months as she prepared to leave for Melbourne on Friday to undertake a four-month program.

“You are not a singer unless you have a scarf,” she laughed, saying the key to keeping her voice strong was to keep warm and hydrated and do lots of cardio.

“I even try to sing when I run to make sure I’m breathing properly,” she said.

Fleuranne’s father was also a singer and used to watch Gilbert and Sullivan recordings with her, inspiring her to give opera a go.

Miss Brockway studied music and law at UWA, graduating from her music studies last year and is doing honours at WAAPA.

Her law studies are on hold while she works for the WA Opera Company.

She secured a Department of Culture and Arts grant to participate in the Young Artist Program at Victorian Opera.