Liverpool's Australia Day Ambassador thankful to be born here

Liverpool's Australia Day Ambassador, opera singer Amelia Ferrugia, says her family's story epitomises the Australian dream.

Her father was born in Malta and came to Australia by boat with his parents.

"My grandfather was a carpenter and he worked on the construction of the Opera House," Ms Ferrugia said.

"And now I sing on stage there regularly.

"It just shows how many opportunities we have here and makes me feel very fortunate to have been born in Australia."

Ms Ferrugia said she's been an Australia Day Ambassador for different parts of Sydney since 2005.

"It's always an honour to meet the people becoming citizens on the day and take part in the ceremony," she said.

"I'm always amazed by how far people have come from.

"There are always so many countries represented at the ceremonies and it's really interesting to meet people from all around the world.

"And that's what's great about Australia, it's very welcoming.

"I really enjoy the events because it's a family occasion and we're all coming together to celebrate what's truly great about this country."

Having grown up in south-west Sydney, in the Bankstown area, Ms Ferrugia said she enjoyed being ambassador in the western suburbs.

"It's great to get out on the day and meet new people, it's a fantastic atmosphere, I really enjoy it," she said.

A soprano, Ms Ferrugia starred in Opera Australia's Merry Widow in 2011 and performed at The Metropolitan Opera in New York in the title role of Massenet's Manon.

This year she is due to continue her work with The Metropolitan Opera and will give several performances at the Angel Place Recital Centre.

She said her career highlight so far was performing for Pope John Paul II at the 2008 World Youth Day finale, held at Randwick.

"That's something that I will never forget," she said.

"It was a great honour, but a very nerve-racking experience.

"The performance was televised live all around the world and that felt really amazing."

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