Australian Singing Competition - Sponsors

2016 Sponsors and Supporters


Sponsorship and support in various forms is vital to the continuation of the IFAC Australian Singing Competition.  The Competition wishes to thank the following organisations and individuals for their support of the 2016 IFAC Australian Singing Competition. Find more about more by clicking on relevant links below:–





Maestro Level

International Foundation for Arts and Culture (IFAC), Dr Haruhisa Handa, Chairman

Music & Opera Singers Trust Limited (MOST®), Roland Gridiger, Chairman


Mozart Level

Bel Canto Summer Voice Program, Munich

Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Lyric Opera of Chicago
Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

Merenda Foundation

Nicholas Milton AM 

Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM)

Royal Over-Seas League (UK, VIC)


Puccini Level

Australian Opera Awards Committee (AOAC)

David Harper

International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI)

Israeli Opera

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs (SPC)

Sydney Symphony Orchestra  (SSO)

Lisa Gasteen National Opera School

V&A Accountants and Business Advisors

Donna Woodhill

Verdi Level

Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO)

Steve Davidson and Sheila McKechnie

Fine Music 102.5

Christine Leaves

Running Bare

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Universal Music Australia

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Edith Cowan University

Britten Level

Alfonso Calero

BetterU Health Services

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Opera Australia

Lucienne Radzyminski

Diana Ritch

Lili Ussher

Lana Woolf


Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra (AOBO)

BetterU Health Services

Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO)

Dashing Print

Gridiger Lawyers

Independent Theatre North Sydney

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO)

New Zealand School of Music (NZSM)

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO)

Opera Australia (OA)

Opera Queensland (OQ)

Queensland Conservatorium,
Griffith University

Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO)

Sydney Conservatorium of
Music, Sydney University

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs (SPC)

Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO)


Ussher Directions

Victorian College of the Arts, (VCA) University of Melbourne

Victorian Opera (VO)

West Australian Opera (WAO)

West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO)

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Edith Cowan University


Carey Beebe

Drago Cherina

Robert Dell'Aquila

Johannes Fritzsch

Michael Gasson

Greg Lenthen

Midori Miyazaki

Ron Overs

Gérard Patacca

Corin Powell

Claude Ullin

Judith Ward

Estates, Foundations & Trusts

Haas Family Trust

Marianne Mathy-Frisdane Estate

Merenda Foundation

Nell Pascall Estate

Nelly Apt Estate

Tinkler Trust

Event Sponsors

Huntington Estate Wines


IFAC Australian Singing Competition:
Over 30 Years of Proven Success

Helping young talent to achieve their goals.

For over thirty years the IFAC Australian Singing Competition has helped discover and contribute to the careers of emerging young classical and opera singers.

This has only been achieved through the generosity of the Marianne Mathy-Frisdane Estate, IFAC and the many sponsors and supporters who have provided cash prizes, study and travel opportunities needed to help young singers take the next steps in their professional singing careers. A number of our current sponsors and supporters are shown here (above).

Not surprisingly, discovering, showcasing and rewarding talent requires significant resources and ongoing help.

There are many benefits in choosing to sponsor or support the IFAC Australian Singing Competition:

  • association with a premium, well-known brand
  • experienced management and events team
  • access to established social and professional contact networks in a high-value industry sector
  • tax deductibility

Become a Sponsor or Supporter

We invite you to join a family of like-minded people and organisations, dedicated to promoting excellence in the opera and classical singing performing arts.

Whether you are an individual, business or company we offer a number of sponsorship packages. A sponsor has the opportunity to invest in and further develop one of our existing scholarship or prize opportunities or we can help create an activity tailored to a specific area of interest. This may include the establishment of a new scholarship, grant or award, or access to our sponsor and participant communities, etc.

There are also non-financial ways to support the Competition in its endeavours. For example, you may choose to become a supporter by providing donations of products, professional services, gifting, or other value-in-kind options. You may also wish to provide volunteer assistance in our office or at events.

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2016: Lyndon Terracini AM

2016: Lyndon Terracini AM 

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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