In pursuit of 'The Mathy'
The Finals Concert
Since 1982, the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition has showcased thousands of singers who have competed for more than $2.8 million in prizes. The Competition’s strength is founded on its reputation for discovering the very best emerging talent from Australia and New Zealand.
At the Finals Concert, Finalists compete for the prestigious Marianne Mathy Scholarship ('The Mathy') as well as a range of other prizes and career opportunities which, combined, make the IFAC Australian Singing Competition the richest and most prestigious competition of its kind.
After winning 'The Mathy', singers such as Rachelle Durkin (2000), Amelia Farrugia (1993), Stuart Skelton (1991) and Paul Whelan (1987) have all gone on to achieve national and international acclaim.
Public Concert with Orchestra
The Finals Concert represents the last stage of the Competition. Unlike the Semi-Finals, where the singers are assessed in a Private Adjudication session as well as in the Semi-Finals Concert, the Finals Concert is the only chance that the Finalists have to perform for the Adjudicators.
For many years the Competition has provided Finalists with the opportunity to perform with a full orchestra. This year we continue our successful collaboration with the Australia Opera Orchestra courtesy of Dr Haruhisa Handa and the International Foundation for Arts and Culture.
The Finalists may choose to perform for the Adjudicators any two pieces from the operatic canon including Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern, Opéra Comique and Operetta.
The Journey Continues...
At the conclusion of the Finals Concert the National Adjudicator announces the winners of prizes and opportunities and, finally, the recipient of 'The Mathy'...
Photo, top (Paul Gosney): 2006 Finals Concert, Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. (L-R) baritone Duncan Rock, baritone Michael Lampard, bass baritone James Homan, baritone Andrew Finden and mezzo soprano Lauren Easton.
'The Mathy' statuette has become synonymous with the Marianne Mathy Scholarship, the featured award within the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition.
The 195mm hand cast, solid bronze statuette was first presented to soprano Rachelle Durkin, winner of the Marianne Mathy Scholarship in 2000.
In late 2012, a new set of 'Mathys' were hand cast at the Sydney foundry, ready to be awarded to the next decade of Marianne Mathy Scholarship winners.
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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