The First prize, the Mietta Prize $5,000 was awarded to twenty-four year old Victorian soprano Siobhan Stagg. Stagg is also the recipient of The O’Donnell Family Prize $4,000 for the study of Italian language and culture and the Tait Memorial Trust Prize.
The Hugh D.T.Williamson Prize (First Prize Pianist) of $5,000 was awarded to Victorian pianist Amir Farid who was Stagg’s accompanist.
Twenty-two year old mezzo-soprano Charlotte Betts-Dean was awarded $2,000 for the second place. Betts-Dean, together with her pianist Conrad Olszewski was also awarded The Arnold and Mary Bram Australian Song Prize and the ABC Classic FM Prize.
Sydney pianist Bradley Gilchrist won the Second Prize for a Pianist.
Domenico de Pieri, 2012 MSC Young Ambassador awarded the Murray River International Festival Performance prize to Charlotte Betts-Dean.
In an unprecedented move finalists Melbourne tenor Brenton Spiteri and nineteen–year-old Sydney mezzo Emily Edmonds were awarded special encouragement awards from the judging panel. The awards were made as measure to underlie the closeness of this year’s competition.
Yes folks it WAS CLOSE CLOSE CLOSE.