Australian Singing Competition - Finalists

Marianne Mathy Scholarship


2016 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Morgan Balfour



Morgan holds a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance in Classical Voice from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Over the course of her singing career she has been awarded many scholarships and prizes including the 2015 Amelia Joscelyne Memorial Scholarship from the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust. Morgan was a Finalist in the 2015 Bel Canto Award and 2015 Lady Fairfax Scholarship among several other major competitions. Also in 2015 she was awarded a Hawaii Performing Arts Festival Professional Fellowship.

She has most recently performed in Purcell’s King Arthur and as a soloist in the Vivaldi’s Gloria both at the 2016 Brisbane Baroque Festival. She has worked with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Antipodes and Queensland Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra. Morgan has also appeared at a host of chamber music events including the Port Fairy Music Festival and later in 2016 will be appearing at the Coriole Music Festival.

Morgan has been invited to audition for several graduate programmes in the USA and hopes to commence those studies late in 2016.

  • Bel Canto Voice Program Scholarship
    • Haas Award
  • Canberra Symphony Orchestra Prize
  • Betteru Prize
  • Opera Australia Prize

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2016 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Eliza Boom



Eliza is currently completing a Post-Graduate Certificate in Opera Studies at the University of Waikato. In 2015 she obtained a Bachelor of Music with 1st Class Honours also from the University of Waikato.

Eliza was the winner of the 2016 Dame Sister Mary Leo Scholarship at the NZ Opera School. In 2015 she was the winner of both the Dunedin Aria Competition and the Te Awamutu Aria Competition. In that same year Eliza played “Leatitia” in The Old Maid and the Thief and in 2016 appeared as the “Countess” in Le Nozze di Figaro both at the University of Waikato.

Later this year Eliza will be taking part in the inaugural Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Singers’ Development Programme and plans to audition for NZ Opera’s Emerging Artists Programme. She also hopes to apply for various Masters Programmes in both America and Europe for commencement mid-2017.

  • Royal Northern College Of Music Award
    • Phoebe Patrick Award
  • David Harper Award
  • Universal Music Australia Prize
  • Betteru Prize
  • Opera Australia Prize

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2016 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Jarvis Dams



Jarvis Dams has a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Music with Honours from the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand.

From 2014-2015 he was a Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera.

In 2016 Jarvis has performed extensively with New Zealand Opera, performing in Tosca, Madama Butterfly and La Cennerentola. He has worked with Haken Hagegard and Renée Fleming in Masterclasses held in 2015 and 2016 respectively. He also secured several excellent roles at the 2013 Astoria Music Festival in Oregon, USA. Upcoming engagements include a role in The Magic Flute and chorus work for Nixon in China and Otello all with New Zealand Opera.

Jarvis hopes to pursue a Masters in Europe or the United States in 2016/17.

  • Royal Over-Seas League Arts Scholarship
  • International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI) New York Scholarship
    • Nell Pascall Award
  • Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Prize
  • Betteru Prize
  • Opera Australia Prize

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2016 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Nicholas Tolputt



Originally from Tasmania but based in Sydney, Nicholas has a Bachelor of Music (Voice) from the University of Melbourne.

Nicholas is the 2016 Wright-Smith Scholar with the Melba Opera Trust and a 2016 Young Artist with Pacific Opera. His most recent engagements were in the 2016 Brisbane Baroque Festival, where he was invited to perform for the third year in a row. He has also performed in the 2013 and 2014 Hobart Baroque festivals, where he appeared in solo recitals and understudied the role of “Medoro” in the festival’s centrepiece opera, Orlando. Nicholas has also extensive experience as a concert and oratorio singer. 

In the future Nicholas hopes to pursue a Masters degree from a university in Europe or Scandinavia before auditioning for major international companies..

  • Marianne Mathy Scholarship
    • Audition Prize from Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Center
    • Fine Music 102.5 Recording Session
    • Lili Ussher Prize
    • Alfonso Calero Photography Prize
    • Oral History Award
    • The Mathy
  • Merenda Legacy Prize
  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra Award
  • Betteru Prize
  • Opera Australia Prize

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2016 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Sarah Wang



Sarah has a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney.

Sarah was a Young Artist with Pacific Opera in 2015 and also attended the 2015 ESTIVO European Chamber Music Summer School. In 2014 Sarah was the winner of the Sydney Eisteddfod Joan Sutherland Memorial Senior Vocal Scholarship (21-25). Sarah has performed roles such as “Fox” in The Cunning Little Vixen and “Papagena” in The Magic Flute both for Pacific Opera and was “Barbarina” in The Marriage of Figaro for Opera New England.

At the end of 2016, Sarah plans to conduct a study, coaching and audition tour in Europe before commencing her Masters degree either here or overseas.

  • Saarbrücken Opera House Prize
    • AOAC Sheila Prior Memorial Prize
  • Nelly Apt Scholarship
  • Queensland Symphony Orchestra Prize
  • Christine Leaves Award
  • MOST® Audience Prize
  • Betteru Prize
  • Opera Australia Prize

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Morgan Balfour
Eliza Boom
Jarvis Dams
Nicholas Tolputt
Sarah Wang

Past Finalists


Damian Arnold
Rebecca Gulinello
Jeremy Kleeman
Maximilian Riebl
Benson Wilson


Kate Amos
Samantha Clarke
Corrine Cowling
Isabella Moore
Anna Voshege

Hannah Dahlenburg
Alexander Knight
Edward Laurenson
Jade Moffat
Danita Weatherstone


Thomas Atkins
Charlotte Betts-Dean
Anna Dowsley
Jeremy Kleeman
Tabatha McFadyen


Naomi Johns
Emma Moore
Morgan Pearse
Gérard Schneider
Bryony Williams


Rachel Bate
Kiandra Howarth
Eleanor Lyons
Ryan Sharp
Kang Wang


Hadleigh Adams
Jade Moffat
Sam Roberts-Smith
Samuel Sakker
Lachlan Scott


Nicole Car
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Michael Lampart
Sitiveni Talei


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The Mathy Statuette


'The Mathy'

'The Mathy' has become synonymous with The Marianne Mathy Scholarship, the featured award within the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition.

Hand cast in solid bronze, 'The Mathy' stands 195mm tall (230mm including its base) and weighs in at just under 1kg.

'The Mathy' limited edition Drago Marin Cherina bronze statuette was first awarded to Western Australian soprano Rachelle Durkin in 2000.


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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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