In honour of the significant legacy Taryn Fiebig has created through her inspiring body of work, Pinchgut Opera has established the Taryn Fiebig Scholar program for an emerging Australian opera singer of special potential. 

Pinchgut Opera will identify and appoint a scholar every two years, depending on the recommendation of Erin Helyard.  The scholar will participate in Pinchgut Opera productions and events with a mentorship program focussing on:
  • The importance of text and expression
  • The creation and projection of vocal beauty
  • Approaching a musical score and libretto as a singing actor
  • Posture, dance, gesture and movement to portray a character
  • How and when to stand forward and claim the limelight
  • Fostering a collegiate approach with respect to every member of the company
  • Their unique contribution to a performance of excellence.

Pinchgut Opera would like to thank James Beck for his generosity and his invaluable assistance and support in helping create this program.


If you would like to donate toward the program, please click the button below, or contact Ilona Brooks on (02) 9318 8344, or email ilona@pinchgutopera.com.au.

For general enquiries about the Taryn Fiebig Scholar program, please email info@pinchgutopera.com.au.

If you wish to apply for the Taryn Fiebig Scholar Program, please email evidence of your professional performance experience, a headshot and biography to info@pinchgutopera.com.au.
Please note: please be aware that this process will take some time, and we will come to a decision mid-year. 



Taryn Fiebig was a Helpmann Award-winning soprano and considered one of Australia most popular and versatile artists. Taryn's association with Pinchgut Opera began in 2009 as Sicle in Ormindo.  Following this, The Priestess of Bacchus (Anacréon), The Statue (Pigmalion) and Erighetta (Erighetta e Don Chilone) in 2017's triple bill - Rameau: Anacréon & Pigmalion  and the role of Selinde in Vivaldi's Farnace in 2019. Taryn took lead roles during the 2020 pandemic year for Pinchgut in the short film series, Seconda Prattica and the 60-minute opera film A Delicate Fire, which featured music by Barbara Strozzi.

Taryn was also a principal artist with Opera Australia and in 2017 featured as Musetta in La Bohème and Metamorphosis in 2018 and Desine, Cosi fan tutte in 2019.  

Roles for Opera Australia include: Susanna, Zerlina and Despina in Sir David McVicar's trio of Mozart productions (The Marrige of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte), Pamina and Papagena in The Magic Flute, Musetta in La Bohème, Servilia in La clemenza di Tito, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, Clorinda in Cenerentola, Lisa in La sonnambula, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Aphrodite in The Love of the Nightingale, Karolka in Jenufa and The Woodbird and Gutrune in Der Ring des Nibelungen. Her performance as Lucy Joy in Bliss earned her a Helpmann Award. For New Zealand Opera, she has sung Esmeralda in The Bartered Bride.

A musical theatre highlight for Taryn was over 200 performances opposite Richard Grant as Eliza Dolittle in Opera Australia’s National Tour of My Fair Lady.

Taryn's other memorable performances were, Michal (Saul) for the Adelaide Festival;  and the title role in The Merry Widow for West Australian Opera; in concert, she was soloist with Sydney Philharmonia, Auckland Philharmonia and the Opera Australia Orchestra.

Taryn performed with all the major Australian opera companies, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Ensemble and the Sydney, West Australian, Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras.

Internationally, she sang for the Edinburgh Festival (as Lucy Joy in Opera Australia’s production of Bliss), in America for the LA Ear Unit and in the UK with the English Chamber Orchestra and for BBC Radio.

Pinchgut Opera acknowledges the Gadigal peoples of the Eora nation, the first story-tellers and singers of songs. We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging. 
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