Australian Singing Competition - 2017 Semi-Finals Concert Programme

2017 Semi-Finals Concert Programme

CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE

MOST Chairman - Roland Gridiger

Roland Gridiger, CEO MOST®

“Welcome to the Semi-Finals Concert of the 2017 IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition. This afternoon you will hear eleven incredible singers who come to us from around the nation and across the world. This is our 36th Semi-Finals and we are honoured to have with us an esteemed panel of adjudicators including our National Adjudicator, Catrin Johnsson.

The ASC is committed to offering the finest educational and artistic experiences for our participants. This week, each Semi Finalist enjoyed a workshop called “The Singing Actor” presented by our National Adjudicator. The five Finalists selected tonight will also gain the privilege of working directly with Ms Johnsson tomorrow in a MasterClass – don’t miss it!  We invite you to visit our YouTube Channel where you can view performances going back three decades. Our Channel has proven wonderfully popular and has had to date over 700,000 views.

We thank our friends, sponsors and supporters for making this afternoon possible. We wish each of the Semi-Finalists a successful performance and look forward to welcoming you to the Finals on Saturday 15 July at the Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood.”

Roland Gridiger, CEO Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd. 

About the Semi-Finals

More than a Concert

The Australian Singing Competition is committed to finding and fostering the next generation of classical singers and the Semi-Finals are instrumental in achieving this aim. This stage of the Competition is not simply about pitting one singer against another, but also about helping the singers develop as artists. Indeed, education is a cornerstone of the Australian Singing Competition.

As Semi-Finalists, the singers are required to prepare no less than four items of music that must include a work by a Classical or Baroque composer (such as Monteverdi, Handel, Bach or Mozart) and a song for voice and piano (such as a lieder, art song, or chanson). The Adjudicators hear any or all of these pieces in the Private Adjudication session held the day before the Concert.

After the Private Adjudication, the eleven singers compete one last time onstage at the Semi-Finals Concert. Each singer performs two pieces, one of which must be an art song. This requirement was intended to encourage young classical singers who wanted careers outside of opera and remains a distinctive element of the Competition.

From the eleven Semi-Finalists, only five will be selected as Finalists. These five will appear at the Finals Concert on Saturday 15th July at 7pm in the Concert Hall of the Concourse Theatre, Chatswood. Now in its 36th year, the ASC has showcased nearly 3,000 singers who have competed for more than $3 million in prizes. Former winners of the ‘Marianne Mathy Scholarship’ (the major prize in the Australian Singing Competition) such as Rachelle Durkin, Amelia Farrugia, Stuart Skelton and Paul Whelan, have all gone on to achieve national and international acclaim.

2017 National Adjudicator

2017 IFAC ASC National Adjudicator - Catrin Johnsson

Catrin Johnsson

Catrin Johnsson was born in Sweden and trained at the Sköndal Institute (Organist Course) and Royal University College of Music in Stockholm (Solo Vocal Course) where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music. She completed her formal training at the Royal Academy of Music in London (Performance and Opera Course) where she graduated with a Dip.RAM and LRAM. She has furthered her vocal studies with Jacqueline Bremar and David Harper. Awards include the prestigious Christina Nilsson Award from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize, Flora Nielsen Prize, Michael Head Prize, Katie Thomas Prize, and the Minnie Hauk Prize.

Operatic roles include the title role in The Duchess of Malfi for English National Opera, Medoro in Handel’s Orlando for the Åmot Opera Festival in Norway, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro, La Ciesca Gianni Schicchi and Dimitri Fedora for Opera Holland Park, Dorabella Così fan tutte, Dido Dido and Aeneas, Carmen, Meg Page Falstaff, Hansel Hansel and Gretel, Adelberto Ottone and Idelberto Lotario (London Handel Festival), Nicklausse Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Prince The Happy Prince, Zerlina Don Giovanni, Second Lady and Third Lady The Magic Flute. Covered roles include Fyodor Boris Godunov and Dorabella Così fan tutte for English National Opera, Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Stéphano Roméo et Juliette for Opera North.

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2017 SEMI-FINALS CONCERT ADJUDICATORS

Adjudicators

Catrin Johnsson
National Adjudicator

Tahu Matheson 
Head of Music at Opera Australia.

Emma Matthews
Highly acclaimed and awarded soprano.

Raff Wilson
Director of Artistic Planning for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Narelle Yeo
Director in Residence at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

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2017 COMPERE

2017 IFAC ASC Semi-Finals Compere - Camille Mercep

Camille Mercep

A well-known and respected presenter for Sydney’s classical music station Fine Music 102.5fm Camille has always taken an active part in supporting young musicians and singers.

As a performer, Camille’s experience encompasses the Operatic Stage and International concert platform, Plays, Cabaret and Music Theatre.

On several occasions she has been a Guest Artist with Opera Australia and has also performed with a number of touring companies, both in Australia and New Zealand. Internationally her voice has taken her to perform in Switzerland, Italy, the UK and China.

This year she is delighted to be joining the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition as the presenter for the Semi-finals and the Finalist Masterclass.


2017 ACCOMPANIST

2016 IFAC ASC Semi-Finals Accompanist - David Harper

Accompanist
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 Handa Australian Singing Competition as accompanist and prize donor.

2017 Guest Artist

Cumberland Quartet 

2017 EVENTS

Semi-Finals Concert
Sunday 4 June 4:30pm
Independent Theatre
269 Miller Street
North Sydney

MasterClass
Monday 5 June 1:00pm
Independent Theatre
269 Miller Street
North Sydney

Finals Concert
Thursday 15 July 7:00pm
Concert Hall
The Concourse Theatre
409 Victoria Avenue
Chatswood

2017 Semi-FInals Concert Programme

Download PDF 2017 Print Programme


2017 Semi-Finalists

(by last name in alphabetical order)

DAMIAN ARNOLD  25 tenor NSW
Damian has a Bachelor of Music Performance (Voice) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Damian is the proud recipient of the 2017 Eleanor Blakemore Opera Society Scholarship as part of the Melba Opera Trust. A finalist in the Australian Singing Competition, Damian also won the Wollongong Eisteddfod Aria and Cowra Eisteddfod Aria competitions.

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O del mio amato ben / Donaudy

La fleur que tu m’avais jetée
Carmen / Bizet


LIVIA BRASH 25 soprano NSW
Livia is a Young Artist with Pacific Opera. She holds a Masters of Music Studies (Opera) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she was the recipient of the Geoffrey Rothwell Scholarship and the Joan Bonamy Scholarship, studying under the tutelage of Maree Ryan AM.

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Cäcilie OP. 27 NO. 2 / Strauss

Il est doux, il est bon
HÉRODIADE / Massenet 


DANIEL CARISON 24 baritone VIC
Lyric-baritone, Daniel Carison is one of Australia's most promising young singers. A graduate from The Conservatorium of Music Melbourne, Daniel is the winner of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Compeition and one of the inaugural winners of 3MBS’ The Talent. In 2017 Daniel is a third-time recipient of the Paulette Bisley and Ruskin Opera awards with the Melba Opera Trust.

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Donne mie, la fate a tanti
COSÌ FAN TUTTE / Mozart

Im Fruhling   
OP. 101, NO. 1, D. 882 / Schubert


PAULL-ANTHONY KEIGHTLEY 
25 bass baritone WA
Paull-Anthony made his principal debut with West Australian Opera (WAO) in Gianni Schicchi while he was the 2016 Wesfarmers Young Artist. He recently appeared as Sciarrone in company’s production of Tosca while continuing as a member of the Young Artist Programme.

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Der Doppelgänger
SCHWANENGESANG / Schubert

Il mulino, il fonte, il bosco…Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni
LA SONNAMBULA / Bellini


JAE KWON KIM 22 baritone NSW
Jae is currently in his final year of the Bachelor of Music Performance (Classical Voice) course at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Jae has received multiple scholarships and awards including the Helens Myer Scholarship at the Con, and winning the “Rising Star Opera Award” and the “German Lied” sections from the Ryde Eisteddfod in 2016.

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Honor and Arms 
SAMSON / Handel

Der Wanderer 
D.489 / Schubert


LAUREN LODGE-CAMPBELL 24 soprano UK
Lauren studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London with Janice Chapman and Yvonne Kenny. Lauren previously studied at the Queensland Conservatorium with Margaret Schindler. Since moving to London, Lauren has won several prizes including the Cheltenham Bach Choir Competition, and the Susan Longfield Prize and the Franz Schubert Institut Lieder competition, both at the Guildhall School.

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Kradla Jsem! 
THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN / Janá?ek

Zdes’ Khorosho
OP. 21, NO. 7 
Rachmaninoff


KATHERINE MCINDOE 23 soprano NZ
Katherine holds a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in Classical Performance Voice from the New Zealand School of Music, where she studied under Jenny Wollerman and Richard Greager. She was a Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera for 2015/16, and is a member of the inaugural Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation Singer Development Programme.

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Die Nachtigall
SIEBEN FRÜHE LIEDER / Berg

The Jewel Song
FAUST Gounod 


IMOGEN-FAITH MALFITANO 
24 soprano NSW
Imogen–Faith recently completed her Masters in Music Studies (Opera Performance) at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Here, she was awarded multiple scholarships, including the prestigious ESTIVO program in Italy and an Internship with Opera Australia.

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O rendetemi la speme…. Qui la voce I 
PURITANI / Bellini

Cäcilie   
OP. 27 NO. 2 / Strauss


FILIPE MANU 24 tenor NZ
Filipe Manu holds a BMus and a PGDip with Distinction from the University of Waikato where he studied under the direction of Dame Malvina Major. A former Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with the New Zealand Opera Company, Filipe has achieved notable success in aria competitions nationally, a recent highlight being in the prestigious Lexus Song Quest and NZ Aria,

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Nacht und Träume
D.827 / Schubert

serbato a questo acciaro; L’amo tanto I
I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI / Bellini


SHIKARA RINGDAHL 25 mezzo soprano QLD
Mezzo-soprano Shikara Ringdahl is a recent graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and holds a Bachelor of Music. During her time, there she performed in a range of operatic roles, the most notable being Mrs Herring in Britten’s Albert Herring, directed by Bruce Beresford in 2016.

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Va! Laisse couler mes larmes
WERTHER / Massenet

Youkali
MARIE GALANT / Weill


NATASHA WILSON  23 soprano NZ
Natasha Wilson was born and raised in Auckland, and is of Maori and European heritage. Natasha studied at the University of Auckland, graduating with a MusB (Hons) majoring in classical vocal performance with first class honours in 2016.

Natasha made her professional debut with New Zealand Opera in 2017, as a member of the company for their touring production of The Mikado.

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Amor
CABARET SONGS / Bolcom

Je veux vivre
ROMÉO ET JULIETTE / Gounod


GUEST ARTIST
Cumberland Quartet

Sunrise Mov 1, Mov 2 Op. 76, No.4 / Haydn

ANNOUNCEMENTS
CATRIN JOHNSSON and CAMILLE MERCEP

Winners of the following – 
Ingrid Davidson Award 
Istituto Italiano Di Cultura Award
Radzyminski Family Prize 

Tinkler Encouragement Award

Announcement of –

2017 Finalists


Approximately 3 hours, with a 20-minute interval.


All Semi-Finalists have received the Running Bare Prize. Flowers are provided by Flowers By Zoe. Gifts are provided by Huntington Estate Wines.

Engineer: Greg Ghavalas
PresenterCamille Mercep

Photography and videography by MOST®
Videographer: Adrian Ussher
Photography: Studio 1A

The Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd would like to acknowledge the support of our Sponsors for the Semi-Finals:

Camille Mercep 
Flowers By Zoe

Gridiger Lawyers 

David Harper
Huntington Estate Wines
Istituto Italiano di Cultura 
Lucienne Radzyminski
Running Bare 
Tinkler Trust

 

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