Soprano Natasha Wilson was the New Zealand Opera School student named winner of the Sister Mary Leo Scholarship.

Her selection was made by the school's five tutors, including international vocal coaches Cesar Alloa and Della Jones, at a party after the concert at Heritage House on Saturday night.

Natasha was presented with the $5000 scholarship to the rousing cheers of her fellow students.

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She is returning to her home town Auckland this week where she will catch up with family and head into rehearsals for NBR Opera's production of Candide in Auckland in March.

Natasha is playing the little French maid Paquette.

"It's a lovely role, I'm very excited.''

Mezzo soprano Cecily Shaw was awarded the Bryan Wyness trophy, which is a special trophy presented to the student who has embodied the spirit of the school.

It is in memory of former chairman of the New Zealand Opera School board, the late Bryan Wyness.

And tenor Samson Setu received the inaugural Merle Higgie scholarship.

The Opera School's executive chairman, Donald Trott, said the late Merle Higgie of Whanganui was a wonderful pianist who loved opera.