Amelia Farrugia is an Australian soprano, of Maltese descent.
Amelia is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and since her opera debut in 1994, she has sung many leading roles for Opera Australia, performed with all the ABC Orchestras and appeared internationally with distinguished conductors.
Amelia’s debut solo recording, Joie de vivre! (BBC Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Briger) was released by Universal Music/Decca in Australia in 2005 and the UK in 2006 and nominated for a Classical Aria (2006). She was honoured with an invitation to perform for Pope Benedict XVI in the internationally televised Final Mass for World Youth Day and HRH Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (2008). Amelia also performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in a televised performance under the baton of Maestro Edo de Waart.
In 1998, Amelia had her first recital in Malta at the Manoel Theatre.
Awards and recognitions
- Marianne Mathy Scholarship (1993)
- Sydney Eisteddfod’s McDonald’s Operatic Aria (1994)
- The Herald Sun Aria (1994)
- Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Australia and New York (1994-1995)
- Opera Awards (1996)
- NSW Young Achiever of the Year (1996).
- Green Room Award for Oscar in Opera Australia's A Masked Ball (2009)
- Nominated for a Classical Aria (2006)
- four-times nominated for Opera Australia’s Remy Martin Award
- four-times nominated for a Green Room Award for her leading roles; title role Manon, Adina, L’elisir d’amore, Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro and her supporting role as Papagena, Die Zauberflote.
- Nominated for a Helpmann Award for Musetta , La Boheme (2005)
- Nominated for a MO Award in 2007 and 2008.