In 2014 we formally welcomed Dr Haruhisa Handa as Patron of the IFAC Australian Singing Competition, gratefully acknowledging his ongoing sponsorship and support both personally and as Chairman of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture (IFAC).
Dr Handa is of course well-known to Australian lovers of opera through his generous support of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour (HOSH) .
We're proud to introduce an Artist Development Programme (ADP) which will provide further career and educational opportunities for the Finalists selected each year.
The ADP will be overseen by highly acclaimed coloratura Emma Matthews, who will design a programme tailored to the individual mentee’s needs.
Members of the operatic community are donating their services and the programme is aimed to assist the individual singer reach their career goals.
Auckland (NZ) Sunday 3 April
Stuart Maunder AM, Robert Wiremu
Sydney (NSW) Monday 11 April, Wednesday 13 April & Friday 15 April
Anke Höppner, Ian McCahon
London (UK) Thursday 14 April
David Harper, Kate Paterson, Linnhe Robertson
Melbourne (VIC) Sunday 17 April
Antoinette Halloran, Richard Mills AM
Perth (WA) Saturday 23 April
Alexandre Da Costa-Graveline, Burhan Güner, Patricia Price
Brisbane (QLD) Sunday 15 May
Andrew Collis, Gregory Massingham
Our 5 Finalists.
Morgan Balfour Soprano, NSW
Eliza Boom Soprano, NZ
Jarvis Dams Baritone, NZ
Nicholas Tolputt Counter Tenor, NSW
Sarah Wang Soprano, NSW
For over three decades the IFAC ASC has helped discover and deliver financial and career opportunities to some of our region's finest talent in opera and classical singing.
Many young entrants have gone on to develop successful careers both in Australia and internationally.
2016 GALA FINALS CONCERT
Thursday 18 August
The Concourse Chatswood
Compere Damien Beaumont
Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra
Conductor Benjamin Northey
Richard Bonynge AC CBE has been awarded the inaugural 2016 MAAward. Recognising career excellence and achevement MOST® (administrators of the IFAC Australian Singing Competition) has established the MAAWards.
This award program acknowledges the contributions of established industry professionals, and aims to recognise elite members of the classical music fraternity.
Nominated by a panel of industry peers, this year's MAA has been awarded to Richard Bonynge AC CBE.
2016 has been a special year for the Competition. Vivian Zeltzer will be retiring from her role as the Co-Ordinator for the IFAC ASC and Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd at the end of August.
Vivian has been a central figure behind the scenes; and has seen the Competition grow from its beginnings to become perhaps the most respected competition of its kind in Australasia. Bravo, La Vivianna!
Lyndon Terracini AM is our 2016 National Adjudicator. In a series of videos, Lyndon talks about his role as Artistic Director of Opera Australia, his participation in this year's Competition and its importance in providing career opportunities to young singers.
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