Australian Singing Competition - 2014 Finals Concert

2014 Finals Concert Programme


2012 IFAC Chairman - Dr Haruhisa Handa

Dr Haruhisa Handa 

As Chairman of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture (IFAC), I take pride in the arts projects we support around the world.

For the past 17 years, our sponsorship of the IFAC Australian Singing Competition has provided the opportunity for talented young classical singers to perform with Australia's top orchestras and highly respected conductors and this year I was honoured to accept the invitation to become Patron.

Over the many years of our association, I have been privileged to watch hundreds of young artists make their way through the Competition and to see them go on to realise their potential on the world stage.

Although I am unable to be present this year, I am pleased that in my absence Trustees of IFAC are in Sydney to represent me at the 2014 Finals Concert.

This is a prestigious occasion that will be remembered by the singers, and, I trust, by the audience fortunate to witness their career-launching performances.


MOST Chairman - Roland Gridiger

Roland Gridiger

Welcome to the 2014 IFAC Australian Singing Competition.  

It is my privilege to introduce to you the five stunning sopranos who have worked so hard to earn their places in this year’s Finals.

The IFAC ASC has an enviable critical reputation born of its rigorous adjudication process and we are indebted to the hard work and commitment from the many Adjudicators who oversee the Competition.

It is a great pleasure to continue our successful collaboration with Dr Haruhisa Handa whose long-standing support has enabled us to engage the wonderful Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra to accompany the singers on stage.

New prizes, lights, red carpet and a few surprises will greet our audience as we distribute over $190,000 in awards, scholarships and opportunities.

On behalf of the Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd. and everyone who has been involved in this year’s Competition, I wish the finalists the very best of luck for tonight and for their future endeavours

In pursuit of 'The Mathy'

The Mathy

The Finals Concert

The IFAC Australian Singing Competition attracts the finest young singers from Australia and New Zealand and this year we received close to 80 entrants.

Through the rigours of the Heats that took place around Australia and, for the very first time, in London, this initial group was whittled down to only eleven Semi-Finalists.

After a private adjudication session, the Semi-Finalists performed in front of an enthusiastic audience at the Semi-Finals Concert, which was held at the Theatre, The Concourse in Chatswood on Wednesday 30th July.

At the conclusion of the Semi-Finals Concert, the five 2014 Finalists were announced.

Unlike the Semi-Finals, where the singers are also assessed in a private adjudication session, the Finals Concert is the only chance that the Finalists have to perform for the Adjudicators. It is also their opportunity in the Competition to perform with a full orchestra.

This year we continue our successful collaboration with the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra courtesy of Dr Haruhisa Handa and the International Foundation for Arts and Culture (IFAC).

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. At the conclusion of the Finals concert the National Adjudicator announces the winners of the Marianne Mathy Scholarship and the other Prizes & Opportunities.

Celebrating its 33rd year, the IFAC ASC has showcased thousands of singers since 1982 who have competed for more than $3 million in prizes.

In 2014 the IFAC ASC prize pool is valued at over $190,000. After winning the IFAC Australian Singing Competition, singers such as Amelia Farrugia, Stuart Skelton and Paul Whelan have all gone on to achieve national and international acclaim.

The IFAC ASC is the only singing competition in Australia that awards a statuette with its major prize. Known as 'The Mathy’ and hand-cast in solid bronze, the statuette was crafted as a limited edition by Australian sculptor Drago Marin Cherina.

“The Mathy” bronze statuette was first awarded to Western Australian soprano Rachelle Durkin in 2000.

2014 National Adjudicator

2014 IFAC ASC National Adjudicator -Jeffrey Black

Jeffrey Black

Brisbane-born baritone Jeffrey Black began his career in 1984 when, at the age of twenty-one, he joined The Australian Opera as a principal artist singing roles which included Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette, Schaunard in La bohème, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Dr Falke in Die Fledermaus, Dandini in La Cenerentola and Ottone in Goran Jarvefelt’s new production of L’lncoronazione di Poppea.

Jeffrey Black made his European debut in 1986 as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos in Monte Carlo and his British debut the same year at the Glyndebourne Festival as Sid in Albert Herring, where he has subsequently returned for Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1989) and the Count - in both Capriccio (1990) and Le nozze di Figaro (1991). At the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, he has appeared as Harlekin, Sid, Figaro (II barbiere), Dandini, the Count de Nevers in Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots and the Count (Figaro). Jeffrey made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, with Figaro (II barbiere) in 1995 and returned in 1997 to sing the Count (Figaro).

In summer 2010, Jeffrey performed the baritone role of Gianciotto in Zandonai’s opera Francesca da Rimini for Opera Holland Park. Recent engagements include his role debut as Pizzaro in Fidelio for New London Opera Players followed by Scarpia in Tosca as well as his role debut as Telramund in Lohengrin in 2014.

For the last ten years Jeffrey has had a thriving teaching practice in his private studio in southwest London. Additionally for the last six years he has been a part time lecturer in voice and performance studies as part of the Music Faculty at Kingston University, London.



The IFAC Australian Singing Competition expresses its gratitude to all the Adjudicators for their dedication and professionalism.

National Adjudicator
Jeffrey Black

Finals Adjudicators

Conal Coad

Michael Halliwell

Emma Matthews

Benjamin Schwartz

Semi-Finals Adjudicators

Jeffrey Black

Michael Halliwell

Benjamin Schwartz

Heats Adjudicators

Brisbane (QLD) Friday 27 June
Graham Godfrey, Lindy Hume;
Perth (WA) Saturday 28 June
Brad Cohen, Patricia Price;
Melbourne (VIC) Sunday 29 June
Phoebe Briggs, Suzanne Johnston;
Sydney (NSW) Tuesday 1 July & Wednesday 2 July
Michael Lewis OAM, Ian McCahon; 
London (UK) Wednesday 2 July
David Harper, Yvonne Kenny, Linnhe Robertson.

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2014 Compere

2014 IFAC ASC Finals Compere - Damien Beaumont

Damien Beaumont

Damien Beaumont studied music (voice) at the Elder Conservatorium of Music before further studies in England, where he was mentored, advised and taught by such leading musicians as Leslie Howard, Andrew Field and Geoffrey Parsons.

Joining the ABC in 1999 he now presents the weekday 'Afternoon' program as well as many of the network’s direct broadcasts from the Sydney Opera House and other concert venues around Australia. His popular programs have seen two CDs released by ABC Classics as well as 'Ever Yours': selected letters written by Percy Grainger are read by Damien Beaumont, with music by Grainger performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Damien is in demand as a Master of Ceremonies, guest speaker, performing narrator and has presented many concerts and events on ABC TV including Jørn Utzon's State Memorial Service; Finals and preliminary finals over a number of years of the Symphony Australia Young Performers’ Awards.

He has worked closely with Opera Australia; presenting Carmen on the Big Screen; travelled to Taiwan and Edinburgh for Carmen and Bliss. In 2011 and 2012 he hosted Sydney’s Opera in the Domain and Opera Australia’s Opera for Flood Relief.

In 2010 he led a tour to Europe for the International Chopin Piano Competition. The tour “followed in the footsteps of Chopin” from Poland to Paris in the bicentenary year of Chopin’s birth. Other music tours have seen Damien take Australians and New Zealanders to New York, Austria, Germany and France.

Damien has had a long association with the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, broadcasting and performing in many of the concerts including; Strauss’ Enoch Arden with Piers Lane (piano); Jessica Duchen’s Song of Triumphant Love and Sins of the Father; Benjamin Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid with oboist Diana Doherty; the Australian premier of Patrick Cardy's The Snow Queen with The Goldner String Quartet and has performed with many of Australia's finest, and other leading international musicians such as Michael Collins (clarinet), Phillipe Graffin, (violin) and Jack Liebeck, (violin) in such diverse works from Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale, to Australian composer Martin Wesley-Smith's Pip! to name a few.


2014 IFAC ASC Finals Conductor - Johannes Fritszch

Johannes Fritzsch

Johannes Fritzsch has enjoyed a prestigious international career spanning 30 years, having accepted his first position as a conductor at the age of 22. He is currently Chief Conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. From 2006 until this year he held the position of Chief Conductor of the Oper Graz, Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester (Austria). Prior to his appointment in Graz, Johannes held the position of Chief Conductor of the Staatsoper Nürnberg. From 1993 until 1999, he was Chief Conductor of the Städtische Bühnen and the Philharmonic Orchestra in Freiburg, enjoying widespread acclaim.

In addition to his work as Chief Conductor of the above-mentioned ensembles, Johannes has enjoyed accepting invitations to perform with many great orchestras throughout the world. These include: Hamburger Sinfoniker, Düsseldorfer Sinfoniker, Philharmonie Essen, Nationaltheater-Orchester Mannheim, Staatskapelle Schwerin, Berliner Sinfonie Orchester, Staatskapelle Dresden, Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, Staatsorchester Halle, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique Strassbourg, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Hongkong Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra. Within Australia, Johannes has conducted the SSO, MSO, TSO, QSO, WASO and OV.

Opera Companies with which he has performed include: Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Opernhaus Köln, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Staatstheater Hannover, Opera Bastille Paris, Teatro Reggio di Parma, the Royal Opera Stockholm, Malmö Operan and Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne (including Hansel and Gretel, Wozzeck, Magic Flute, Tales of Hofmann, Lohengrin, Don Giovanni, Carmen, Tosca, Rigoletto, Der Rosenkavalier, Salome).

Over the past ten years Johannes Fritzsch has given many Master classes for the German conductor training and development organisation, Dirigentenforum des Deutschen Musikrates. Similarly, he has been active and enthusiastic in his involvement in Australia’s Symphony International conductor development program.
Johannes was born in Dresden, Germany, where he completed his musical education at the Hochschule für Musik “Carl Maria von Weber”.

2014 AOBO

Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra (AOBO)

The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (AOBO) is the busiest of all Australian orchestras, giving around 250 performances each year.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Opera Australia, the AOBO performs for Opera Australia and The Australian Ballet during their respective Sydney seasons.

Formerly the Sydney Elizabethan Orchestra, the AOBO has earned a reputation for warmth of sound and impressive flexibility in the most challenging of environments.

The repertory performance schedule of Opera Australia means that up to five different productions are being performed and prepared at any one time, resulting in up to 8 performances per week.

Notable recent productions for Opera Australia in the last year have included: Opera on Sydney Harbour – Madama Butterfly, which saw the orchestra once again playing on a specially constructed harbour stage in the extremely successful third presentation of this event; the acclaimed new production of Tosca, directed by John Bell, and The Australian Ballet‘s wonderful new production of Prokofiev’s Cinderella, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky and conducted by Nicolette Fraillon.

The Orchestra also features on recent recordings of live performances in the Sydney Opera House of Don Giovanni, Lakme, Don Pasquale and Swan Lake in cinema and DVD release.

2014 Finals Concert Programme

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KATE AMOS 24 soprano VIC 

Kate is currently completing a Masters of Opera degree (Performance) in conjunction with Victorian Opera as one of their Developing Young Artists. Her recent performances include the title role in The Red Apple by Offenbach for the Lyric Opera of Melbourne and Yum-Yum in The Mikado for Victorian Opera. Read more


Samantha is in the process of completing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Classical Voice (Opera Studies) at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Solo operatic and theatrical roles at WAAPA include Beth (Little Women), Hansel in (Hansel and Gretel), and Miranda in The Tempest. Read more


Corinne is studying for the Graduate Diploma of Music (Classical Performance, Voice) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Corinne’s experience includes as a soprano soloist for Lost and Found Opera Inc., Collegium Symphonic Chorus and the Gilbert & Sullivan Society in Perth, Western Australia. Ensemble work includes participation in numerous musicals and ballets, and performances with Gondwana Voices. Read more


Isabella has recently completed a Masters degree in Advanced Vocal Studies with Distinction, at the Wales International Academy of Voice. Isabella's opera work includes the lead role of Gulnara in II Corsaro. She has taken part in Master Classes with artists such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Richard Bonynge, and has attended the New Zealand Opera School summer programme. Read more


Anna holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, has completed French and German language courses, and has taken part in masterclasses with artists such as Yvonne Kenny AM and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Her performing experience includes as a Feature Artist on Channel 10 News Melbourne and on ABC Classic FM, as a soprano soloist at the British and Irish Lions’ Official Tour Ball and as a Feature Soloist for Opera in the Market. Read more


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2014 Finals Concert Program

Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra
Overture  Béatrice et Bénédict Berlioz


Kate Amos
Piangerò la sorte mia Giulio Cesare Handel

Isabella Moore 
Come scoglio Così fan tutte Mozart

Samantha Clarke 
Porgi Amor Le nozze di Figaro Mozart

Anna Voshege 
O zittre nicht  Die Zauberflöte Mozart

Corinne Cowling
Eccomi in lieta vesta… Oh! quante volte  I Capuleti e i Montecchi Bellini


Kate Amos 
Quel guardo il cavaliere…So anch’io la virtu magica…Don Pasquale Donizetti

Samantha Clarke 
Depuis le jour  Louise Charpentier

Isabella Moore
Ernani, Ernani involami  Ernani Verdi

Corinne Cowling
Heimliche Aufforderung  Opus 27, No. 3 Strauss

Anna Voshege
Glitter and be gay  Candide Bernstein


Interval - 20 minutes


Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra

Der Rosenkavalier Suite  Der Rosenkavalier Strauss



Midori Miyazaki

Conal Coad

David Coleman MP


Approximately 3 hours with 20 minute interval.

Tonight’s performance has been granted a licence by APRA/AMCO


Semi-Finals Concert

Wednesday 30 July 7pm
Theatre, The Concourse
Chatswood NSW 2067


Thursday 31 July 1:30pm

Theatre, The Concourse
Chatswood NSW 2067

Gala Finals Concert

Saturday 30th August  7pm
Preconcert talk 6pm

Verbrugghen Hall
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Macquarie Street Sydney

2014 Sponsors

2013 IFAC ASC Sponsor - IFAC 2013 IFAC ASC Sponsor - MOST 2013 IFAC ASC Sponsor - ABC Classic FM 2013 IFAC ASC Sponsor - Gridiger Lawyers

2014 Event Sponsors

Huntington Estate Wines
Leppington Valley Farms
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Paradise Beach Purveyors
Rowies Cakes
Universal Music Australia
Ussher Direction

2014 Special Thanks

Annette BROWN
Jennifer FUNG
Michael GASSON
Libby HILL
Yvonne KENNY
Michelle RYAN
Claude ULLIN
Stephen WALTER

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