The husband and wife team behind Beechworth's annual opera extravaganza has been recognised in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours.
Opera in the Alps founders Graeme Wall and Margot Cory-Wall, of Melbourne, have each been awarded the Order of Australia Medal.
The acknowledgement comes soon after Opera in the Alps announced it would be moving from its traditional summer time slot to a new, week-long festival in March 2020.
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In 1998 the Walls established Opera Scholars Australia, a not-for-profit program that offers young singers professional development and concert opportunities with leading opera and stage music performers.
Since then, more than 500 young opera singers have worked with major performers including Australian diva Yvonne Kenny, bass baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, sopranos Greta Bradman and Marina Prior and tenor David Hobson.
"We have been privileged to have worked with all of these emerging and established musicians," the Walls said.
"Many have gone on to the world stage and are now forging Australian and international careers in the great opera capitals: Vienna, New York, London, Berlin, Paris, Sydney and Melbourne.
"We have truly valued the opportunity to pass on to these young, developing singers the experiences we have had in opera and on the concert platform and from our many years in music education."
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