Singer faces world challenge

FOR 10 years, 23-year-old Bridget Patterson of Penrith has chased her dream of being an opera singer.

Now Miss Patterson hopes a unique, online music competition will launch her onto the world stage.

"The World Competition asks us to upload a video that is judged online," she said.

"There are three sections: classical — which I entered — contemporary and jazz."

A mezzo-soprano, Miss Patterson said she hoped she would make it to the second round but that she needed support and votes.

"There is also a people's choice section which is judged by people who go online to vote," she said.

"Get online and check it out and please click on my green thumb to vote for me."

Miss Patterson said people should go to the website even if they weren't voting so that they could enjoy the musical talents of artists from around the world.

"I strongly encourage people to have a look and watch the amazing videos," she said.

Miss Patterson has come a long way from her days as a 13-year-old music student at the Joan Sutherland Centre.

She graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2011 with a bachelor of music degree and is now completing her advanced diploma of opera singing, something she said needed a lot of passion.

"I am really drawn to the art form," she said.

"It's larger than life and some of the stories are incredibly twisted but beautiful.

"I'm very passionate about music and acting and I just love being on stage."

The first round of The World Competition will be judged at the end of the month.

Details: theworldcompetition.com/share/classical/bridget-patterson

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