Australian Singing Competition - 2013 MasterClass Programme

2013 MasterClass Programme

Chairman's Message

MOST Chairman - Roland Gridiger

Roland Gridiger

“I am delighted to welcome you to the 2013 MasterClass. This is the fourth year that we have conducted a MasterClass. This gives the National Adjudicator an opportunity to interact with the Finalists. It’s a wonderful opportunity to listen and see how, in a relaxed atmosphere, the singer and Master can learn from each other. When we created the Competition in 1982, we wanted to build an atmosphere that encouraged the adjudicators and singers to communicate with each other. It wasn’t an eisteddfod, it was simply a chance to give the eminent members of the profession a chance to give back to the singers as part of the adjudication process.

Following the success of the MasterClass, we decided to also introduce a Workshop for all the Semi-Finalists. This year the Workshop is being led by our National Adjudicator Emma Matthews and will teach our singers how to walk on stage, how to stand and how to deliver the message of performing in front of an audience.

We hope that the Workshop, combined with the MasterClass, will be a resource for the young singers of Australia and will be an experience that they will cherish for the rest of their lives.”

Roland Gridiger, CEO Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd (MOST®)

2013 'Master'

2013 Master - Emma Matthews

Emma Matthews, soprano

The IFAC Australian Singing Competition has the privilege of having one of Australia's most highly-regarded sopranos as this year's National Adjudicator. We are also fortunate that Emma will be working with the 2013 Semi-Finalists in the 'Characterisation and Movement' Workshop.

Emma Matthews is a highly acclaimed and awarded coloratura soprano equally at home in operatic and concert repertoire. She has performed with all the Australian State Symphony orchestras, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Liaison, and at the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Huntington Festivals, with such conductors as Richard Bonynge, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Charles Mackerras, Marko Letonja and Yakov Kreizberg.


Photo (Bridget Elliot): Emma Matthews.


2012 IFAC ASC Semi-Finals Accompanist - David Harper

David Harper

Born and raised in New Zealand but based in the UK for the last forty years, David has earned a glowing reputation worldwide for his accompanying and vocal coaching skills. His clientele includes various distinguished international singers – many of whom also frequently invite him to collaborate in recital at prestigious international venues, as well as students and young aspiring professionals from all points of the globe.

Over the last decade David has often returned to Australasia, establishing a prominent professional profile here to complement his northern hemisphere activities. Biennial visits enable him to fulfil a variety of commitments including intermittent guest coaching periods with Opera Australia, tutorships at summer singing schools, song recital engagements, and regular private vocal coaching stints in numerous locations.

David is proud to maintain his longstanding association with the IFAC Australian Singing Competition as accompanist and prize donor.

Photo, top of page (Lindsay Kearney): 2011 MasterClass. (L-R) David Harper, Charlotte Betts-Dean, Jeffrey Black.

2013 MasterClass Programme

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Five Finalists

Featuring our 2013 Finalists in a public MasterClass with soprano Emma Matthews and accompanist David Harper.

Now in its fourth year, our MasterClass is the opportunity for 5 selected Finalists to receive one-on-one expert tuition from a seasoned professional performer.

Each singer will perform part of an aria and be mentored on text, technical and emotional aspects of their performance, technique and lyrical interpretation. The audience and fellow Finalists watch and listen as the Master works with one person at a time.

The MasterClass provides an intimate and unique opportunity to experience this most wonderful of art forms.

Approximately 2.5 hours.

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Semi-Finals Concert

Wednesday 11 September 7pm
The Independent Theatre
269 Miller Street
North Sydney


Thursday 12 September 12 noon
The Independent Theatre
269 Miller Street
North Sydney

Finals Concert

Saturday 28 September 7pm
Verbrugghen Hall
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Macquarie Street, Sydney

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Rachel shares her experience working with Lisa Gasteen and David Harper.

Rachel Bate, Soprano

Winner of the Marianne Mathy Scholarship in 2010, Rachel was also in our first MasterClass held that same year. In this video Rachel shares her experience working with Lisa Gasteen and David Harper. 

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