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) .
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
As a year begins we once again continue the tradition of excellence that defines the IFAC Australian Singing Competition.
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.
Join us to glimpse the future of the art form and prepare to experience some of the finest young operatic talents in the world.
2016 GALA FINALS CONCERT
Thursday 18 August
The Concourse Chatswood
Monday 4 July
2016 SEMI-FINALS CONCERT
Sunday 3 July
We're also pleased to announce our return to The Concourse in Chatswood for our Gala Finals Concert with the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra (AOBO).
Once again, opera lovers will hear 5 talented young Finalists as they compete for an array of prizes and career opportunities, including the prestigious Marianne Mathy Scholarship.
This year's Semi-Finals Concert will be held at the Independent Theatre, North Sydney – where 10 Semi-Finalists, selected from heats held in the UK, NZ and across Australia will compete.
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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