Opera singer Rachel Bate is collecting trophies and titles like trading cards, adding several prestigious accolades to her already glittering CV in recent weeks.
Ms Bate, 27, had only competed in the Sydney Eisteddfod once prior to this year, but she picked up the Eisteddfod opera award several weeks ago and last Friday she was named winner of the opera and arts support group vocal scholarship.
"A benefactor gives a $10,000 prize, which is meant for travel and study costs to further your opera career," Ms Bate said last week.
Performing songs by Wagner and Verdi, Ms Bate beat five other vocalists from across Australia and New Zealand.
The Fairy Meadow singer was also named winner in the Wagner song or aria award and female operatic voice award, and will this weekend take her place in the final of the most prestigious category, the McDonald's operatic aria award.
"It's the most famous one in Australia. That was the one that launched Joan Sutherland's career, and it has lots of famous singers attached to it."
The most remarkable aspect of Ms Bate's recent run is that opera voices rarely mature before the age of 30 - so she will likely only get better and better.
She began working on her classical voice at the age of 18, and said she had only been singing operatically for five years.
"A lot of people think pop or rock music is the be all and end all, but for me operas and classical just felt like the pinnacle of music," she said.
"It has the greatest technique and study. I studied German, Italian, French and Norwegian in preparation for opera, so it always felt like a secret world that I understood."
Winning several scholarships and awards, which allowed her to move to Cologne and New York to study and perform at European opera houses and the Juilliard School, Ms Bate began building a career in opera.
"As an 18-year-old, I never expected it could happen. I never knew this life was possible," she said.
"There's a real passion there that keeps bringing me back. I keep learning from it."
Ms Bate will perform in the final this Sunday at the Sydney Town Hall.