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The Competition and MOST©


Our first Competition took place in 1982 with the awarding of one Scholarship — the $30,000 Marianne Mathy Scholarship, an unprecedented amount at that time.

Many prominent individuals have given generously of their time and professional advice, including the late Dame Joan Sutherland, who was part of the inaugural Music Advisory Committee. Dame Joan was a long-standing supporter of the Competition. She launched the 1984 Competition and presented 'The Mathy' to Western Australian baritone Duncan Rock in 2006.

Richard Bonynge AC AO CBE conducted the orchestra for the Finals Concerts from 2005 to 2007.

The first Competition was formally launched by His Excellency The Right Honourable Sir Zelman Cowen, then Governor-General of Australia. Since then the Competition has enjoyed the patronage of five Governors-General of Australia.

The Competition was established and continues to be administered by the Music and Opera Singers Trust Ltd (MOST©), a not-for-profit organisation which provides professional management services for competitions, events, scholarships, prizes, awards and grants.

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2016 Competition Announcement

Key dates for this year's Competition are earlier than usual – don't miss out!

Entries Open — Monday 8 February 2016.
Entries Close – Friday 11 March 2016
(Late Entries close Tuesday 15 March 2016) 


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2015: Maximilian Riebl 

Maximilian Riebl, counter tenor, performing “Fammi combattere” from “ORLANDO” by Handel at the Finals Concert of the IFAC Australian Singing Competition, held on Saturday 3 October at the Concert Hall, The Concourse, Chatswood.

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