Australian Singing Competition - Britten Level

2017 Sponsors & Supporters

Britten Level Acknowledgements

The IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition wish to thank the generosity of our "Britten" level sponsors:–

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Istituto Italiano di Cultura

The Italian Cultural Institute, or IIdC, provides quality coaching in Italian at their centre in Sydney. The winner of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Award is entitled to 25 hours of study at their centre in Sydney.

Opera Australia

Opera Australia has supported the ASC since its inception in 1983. They have provided discounted use of their facilities, personnel to advise on establishing rules and conditions for the ASC and Adjudicators for each stage of the Competition. Currently they provide the Opera Australia Prize, an opportunity for all Finalists to attend Opera Australia rehearsals in Melbourne or Sydney, observing an opera throughout the stages of its production.

Lucienne Radzyminski

Lucienne Radzyminski is a French teacher based in Sydney. From 2007 she offered private lessons to the winner of her prize in the ASC Semi Finals. Since 2013 Mme. Radzyminski has provided the Radzyminski Family Prize, funding for a Semi-Finalist to undertake a course in French at the Alliance Francaise in the singer's city (Australia).

Diana Ritch

Diana Ritch is one of Australia’s most experienced oral historians whose extensive body of work is housed in collections around the country. She is also the daughter of famed-oral historian Hazel de Berg. For more than two decades she has recorded an interview with the winner of the Marianne Mathy Scholarship to be lodged in the Oral History Collection of the National Library of Australia.

Lili Ussher

Lili Ussher is a painter and make-up artist based in Sydney. Since 2012 she has provided the Lili Ussher Prize, a portrait of the winner of the Marianne Mathy Scholarship in concert dress. Ms. Ussher also provides make-up services to all the Semi-Finalists and Finalists for their appearances on stage in the Competition concerts.


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 Handa Australian Singing Competition:
Over 30 Years of Proven Success

Helping young talent to achieve their goals.

For over thirty years the IFAC Handa 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 Handa 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: Nicholas Tolputt

2016: Nicholas Tolputt 

Nicholas Tolputt is our 2016 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Winner. In this video, Counter tenor Nicholas Tolputt performs “Stille amare” from Handel’s "Tolomeo" at the Finals Concert of the 2016 IFAC Australian Singing Competition, held in the Concert Hall of The Concourse, Chatswood, on Thursday 18th August 2016.

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