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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 9 2008
INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 10, 2008 13 NEWS Rich prize in singer's reach Ashfield resident David Parkin is a finalist in Australia's richest opera prize, the McDonald's Operatic Aria. FIONA BRADY UP-AND-COMING opera singer David Parkin often gets a few strange looks during his morning train commute from Summer Hill to the city. It's hardly surprisingly through, given that he admits to occasionally practising aloud from such unusual volumes as A Singer's Guide to French Pronunciation. This Sunday the bass singer, 29, will be hoping all that practice pays off when he competes in the final of the Australia's richest opera prize, the McDonald's Oper- atic Aria, worth a huge $57,000. The engineer's life changed dramatically in 2006 when he won the ABC's search for an opera star television show, Operatunity Oz. Parkin, who recently set up home in Ashfield, still works as a computer engineer but takes nearly three months off every year to pursue his operatic career. If he wins at the Opera House on Sunday, his life will change even more dramatically as most of the prize money comes in the form of a scholarship to study overseas. No doubt Parkin will get a few tips from his sister, fellow opera singer Jane Parkin, herself a previous finalist. ''The age limit is 32 so last year was the last time she was eligible and afterwards my mother said, 'Thank goodness I don't have to come back next year, it's just too nerve-racking to sit through','' Parkin said. ''We never expected we'd be back for me this year.'' Visit www.sydneyoperahouse.com
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