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Carmen Young commenced classical singing at the age of nine, studying with Suzanne Ortuso. Since then Carmen has won numerous awards in competitions including the Joshua Cooper Memorial Award, The Clem Clifford Award and the Arnold Robinson Memorial Award for the 'singer showing most promise'.
In 2002 Carmen understudied the role of Serpina in Pergolesi's opera 'LaServa Padrona' for the launch of the Bel Canto Young Opera at Hobart'sTheatre Royal.
In 2003 Carmen performed her first operatic leading role as Widow Grumble in the Australian premiere of the Sir Peter Maxwell Davies opera 'Cinderella' as part of the Tasmanian Ten Days on the Island Festival.
In 2005 Carmen gained first place in the oratorio, art song and recital 16, 18 years and open categories at the Hobart Eisteddfod. She also competed in the McDonalds Performing Arts Challenge in Sydney winning the Art Song, French Song, Italian Song, and opera aria and was awarded the Joan Sutherland Vocal Scholarship.
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Carmen recently competed in the heats, semi-final and final of the Australian Singing Competition (Mathy) and is the youngest contestant ever to reach the Finals. She won the David Harper Award, The Alliance Francais award, and the Opera Australia award.
Following the Australian Singing Competition Carmen was invited by the Joan Sutherland society to appear as a guest artist for Dame Joan Sutherland’s eightieth birthday celebration concert.
Australian Singing Competition
ABC Giving tree CD 2004