Australian Singing Competition - Mozart Level

2017 Sponsors & Supporters

Mozart Level Acknowledgements

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

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Bel Canto
Bel Canto Summer Voice Program

An initiative of Narelle Martinez, the Bel Canto Summer Voice Program is an intensive program located in Munich for young singers who are aspiring to enter the professional theatre world. They provide the Bel Canto Voice Program Scholarship for a Finalist to attend the audition-training program that includes audition training, performance opportunities, lectures, acting training and German-language tuition.

Buchmann Menta
Buchmann-Mehta School of Music
Tel Aviv University

The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music was founded in 2005 as a unique partnership between Tel Aviv University and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. They provide a Finalist with the Adler-Buchmann International Program Scholarship that covers fees for either a one-year non-degree course or a two-year master’s degree program.

Guildhall School
Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Guildhall is one of the world's leading conservatoires and drama schools. Since 1993 they have provided the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Award to a Finalist for one year’s study in the Postgraduate Diploma Vocal Training Course.

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

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is the professional artist-development program for Lyric Opera of Chicago. It is considered one of the most prestigious vocal programs in America. Since 2014 the Center has offered the Audition Prize from Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Center, an opportunity for the winner of the Marianne Mathy Scholarship to audition for the artist-development program.

Merenda Foundation

Established by Dame Francesca Merenda in honour of her parents, the Merenda Foundation provides the Merenda Legacy Prize to fund the study of Italian in Italy. A long-time supporter of the ASC, Dame Merenda also provided private coaching in Italian for many years.



Dr Nicholas Milton is one of Australia’s most outstanding conductors and is currently general music director and chief conductor of the Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken, Germany, where he conducts approximately fifty performances each season. In 2016 he established the Saarbrücken Opera House Prize which is awarded at the Finals.


Royal Northern College of Music
Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM)

The Royal Northern College of Music is a renowned conservatoire in Manchester (UK). The RNCM provides the Royal Northern College of Music Award to a Finalist for one year’s study in their postgraduate program to pursue advanced studies in performance and music education.

Royal Over-Seas League (UK, VIC)

Over the past sixty years, Royal Over-Seas League (UK) through ROSL ARTS has developed an impressive portfolio of arts activities and projects devoted to the career development of young professional artists and musicians from the UK, Commonwealth and former Commonwealth countries. Since 1984, ROSL ARTS has nurtured the recipient of their scholarship by arranging travel and accommodation, concerts, introductions, and participation in festivals in London and the UK. The ROSL ARTS Scholarship is awarded to a Finalist. In addition, the Victorian Australian Branch of ROSL will provide a Finalist with a cash award in association with cash, travel, accommodation and performance opportunities provided by ROSL UK.



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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