PBSS Scholar

The PBSS Scholarship

The PBSS Scholarship helps singers with potential to continue their vocal studies and development by covering their cost of vocal tuition. If you would like to contribute financially to the PBSS's Scholar's extra costs which include purchasing sheet music please contact Paloma Bruce on paloma@palomabruce.com

2017-18 PBSS Scholarship Recipient

Isabel Willoughby

2017 PBSS Scholarship Recipient

Clare Barrett (Rousseau)


2016 PBSS Scholarship Recipient: Rosel Labone - Soprano

Soprano Rosel Labone has been praised by such operatic luminaries as international soprano Carol Vaness and master voice teacher Bill Schuman for her "young, vibrant, and colourful voice full of great potential and possibilities." She has just returned from a successful trip to the US and UK after being awarded a $10,000 travel scholarship and an internship at Opera North.

Praised by critics for her “panache for comedy” (Jo Hodgson, Theatre Review) in her recent appearances as Carlotta (The Phantom of the Opera), Miss Labone is a persuasive actress with the capacity to both move and entertain an audience. She has received acclaim for her “outstanding, sensitive, refined, and confidently projected” performances (Bronislaw Sozanski, The Ballarat Courier) and her broad theatrical and vocal range combines with natural warmth, flair and musicality to create captivating moments on stage. Equally at home in comedic and dramatic repertoire, with a voice described as “characterful and sonorous” (Peter Mechen, Middle C), her burnished copper timbre and distinctive stage presence have allowed her to traverse a wide range of styles and genres in her career to date.

Recent operatic roles include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Jenny in The Threepenny Opera, Galatea in Acis and Galatea, and the Mother inHansel and Gretel. An accomplished concert artist and recitalist, Miss Labone has sung with orchestras across New Zealand and Australia, including the Melbourne Musicians featuring Metropolitan Opera star Elena Xanthoudakis at Melba Hall. She has performed with the Kronos Quartet and the Consort of Melbourne at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and has also sung with Opera Australia at the same venue.

Rosel is the recipient of many awards and scholarships, including an Entrance Award for international study at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Adam Foundation travel award, Lisa Gasteen National Opera School scholarship, Freemasons Music Scholarship, and the Lauris Elms award. She is the recipient of the 2016 Sir Alan Stewart postgraduate scholarship. A semi-finalist and finalist in many competitions including the Herald Sun Aria and the Melbourne Philharmonic Aria, in 2014 she won the Most Outstanding Competitor award at the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Aria Competition in New Zealand. She has been invited to participate in several international vocal competitions in Europe and Asia.

Miss Labone attended the Melbourne Opera Studio, and is an alumna of the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School. She is a graduate (BMus Hons) of the New Zealand School of Music, majoring in Performance Voice, and also holds a BA in English Literature from Victoria University of Wellington.

During her time as a young artist with Opera North in the UK, Rosel secured places and scholarships at several prestigious graduate music programmes, including the Royal Northern College of Music and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. She is pleased to be back in New Zealand and honoured to be selected as the Paloma Bruce Singing Studio scholar this year. In 2016 she is focusing her energies into her projects with her arts cooperative Modus Operandi, and will be completing further professional training and career development in the United States in 2018.