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The Wagner Society in Queensland’s Encouragement Award recipient for 2019 is tenor Phillip Costovski. Phillip is a graduate of Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University with a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Classical Voice). He has performed the roles of Count Belfiore in La finta giardiniera, Mayor Upfold in Britten’s Albert Herring, Le roi Ouf in Chabrier’s L’Étoile, Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, La Thiérè in L’Enfant et les Sortileges as well as premiering the role of Henry in Paul Dean’s new opera Dry River Run. Phillip has regularly been engaged as a tenor soloist throughout Brisbane with groups such as the Bach Society of Queensland and the Queensland Choir, in works including Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem in D, Mass in C by Beethoven, Magnificat in D by Bach, Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil among other concert repertoire. Phillip will be performing the role of Bénédict in QCGU’s production of Béatrice et Bénédict by Berlioz in September next year, conducted by Johannes Fritzsch and directed by Stephen Barlow. He is also looking forward to commencing a Masters of Arts in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in late 2020.

Phillip has written: “Thank you to the Wagner Society in Queensland for bestowing me their Encouragement Award for 2019. I am extremely appreciative of this vote of confidence from the society and see it as a wonderful opportunity to continue developing my interpretation of late romantic works.” – Phillip C.

Each year, the Society offers an Encouragement Award of $1,000 to a current tertiary student of the Queensland Conservatorium who, through performance in a major or minor role in a Conservatorium Opera production, best demonstrates vocal potential for a future career in large scale romantic operas in the style of Richard Wagner or Richard Strauss. If no candidate satisfies the criteria, no award is made. The adjudicators are Heads of the Vocal and opera departments and all producers of opera programmes during the year, and the award is determined during the end-of-year examination period. The Conservatorium is responsible for the administration of the award and management of associated funds.

Encouragement Award winners since 2004 have been:

                2004       Jacqueline Mabardi                                         SOPRANO

                2005       Georgia Hawes                                                  MEZZO SOPRANO

                2006       Jane Evelyn                                                       MEZZO SOPRANO

                2007       Ruth Henning-Lincoln                                   SOPRANO

                2008       Sarah Sullivan                                                  SOPRANO

                2009       John Maskell                                                    BARITONE                          

                2010       Rebecca Cassidy                                               SOPRANO

                2011       Luke Stoker                                                        BASS

                2012       Leilah Fox                                                          SOPRANO

                2013       Bronwyn Douglass                                           MEZZO SOPRANO

                2014       NOT AWARDED

                2015       Kimberly Lowe                                                  SOPRANO

                2016       Anastasia Bickel                                                CONTRALTO

                2017       NOT AWARDED

                2018       NOT AWARDED

                2019       Phillip Costovski                                               TENOR


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