Australian Singing Competition - 2012 Semi-Finals Concert

2012 Semi-Finals Concert Programme


Roland Gridiger

Chairman, Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd, that administers the IFAC Australian Singing Competition speaks about this year’s Semi-Finals.

2012 IFAC ASC National Adjudicator - Jeffrey Black

2012 IFAC ASC National Adjudicator - Jeffrey Black

Jeffrey Black is an internationally acclaimed opera singer with a career spanning over thirty years.

He made his operatic debut as a principal singer with the Australian Opera in 1984 and has since appeared internationally with many leading opera companies, including The Metropolitan Opera New York, The Royal Opera Covent Garden and the Opera Bastille Paris.

His interpretations of the roles of Mozart and Rossini have been highly acclaimed. He also has an extensive concert and recital repertoire appearing at many of the premiere venues including Wigmore Hall, Festival Hall and the Salzburg Festival.


Peter Czornyj, Michael Halliwell, and Anthony Legge.

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2012 IFAC ASC Semi-Finals Compere - John Bolton-Wood AM

John Bolton-Wood AM

A celebrated performer and the winner of five Green Room Awards, John Bolton-Wood, who was awarded an AM for his services to Opera in 2009, was born in Sydney, and received his music education at the NSW Conservatorium of Music and the London Opera Centre. He made his UK debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Bosun in Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd.

John returned to Australia in 1973 to sing the role of Roderick Usher in Larry Sitzky's Fall of the House of Usher, the first full-scale production to be staged in the Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House. Since then he has appeared with all the State Opera companies and with Opera Australia in a wide variety of roles.

In 2011 John’s engagements included the roles of Benoit and Baron Zeta in Opera Australia’s new production of La bohème and The Merry Widow respectively and Sacristan in Tosca for Opera Queensland.

2012 engagements include the role of Dottore Grenville in La Traviata the inaugural Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour production and Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow, both for Opera Australia.


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.

2012 Semi-Finals Program

Jenny Liu 23 soprano NSW
Tornami a vagheggiar Alcina Handel 
Vedi quanto adoro D.510 Schubert

Alexander Knight 23 baritone NSW
Automne Op. 18 No 3 Fauré 
Miei rampolli femminini La Cenerentola Rossini

Charlotte Betts-Dean 22 mezzo soprano VIC
Assisa a piè d’un salice Otello Rossini
Nam zvyozdy krotkiye siyali Op. 60, No 12 Tchaikovsky

Thomas Atkins 22 tenor NZ
Heimliche Aufforderung Op. 27 No 3 R Strauss
È la solita storia del pastore L'Arlesiana Cilea

Anna Dowsley 25 mezzo soprano NSW
Von ewiger Liebe Op. 43, No 1 Brahms
Una voce poco fa  Il Barbiere di Siviglia Rossini

Jeremy Kleeman 21 bass baritone VIC
Chanson romanesque Don Quichotte Ravel 
Ehi capitano … Non più andrai Le Nozze di Figaro Mozart

Amy Corkery 25 soprano NSW
Ne poy krasavitsa pri mne  Op.4 No 4 Rachmaninov
È strano... Sempre libera La Traviata Verdi

Kathryn Radcliffe 25 soprano VIC
Säusle, liebe Myrthe! Op. 68 No 3 R Strauss
Marten aller Arten Die Entführung aus dem Serail Mozart 

Daniel Todd 25 tenor VIC
Geburt Mariä Op. 27 No 1 Hindemith
Heaven helps those who helps themselves Albert Herring Britten 

Tabatha McFadyen 22 soprano QLD
Ganymed D.544 Op.19 No 3 Schubert
Sombre forêt  Guillaume Tell Rossini 

Interval - 20 minutes

Guest Artist
SYO Brass Quintet

Brass Quintet No 3, Movement 1 by Victor Ewald
Selections from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein

Jeffrey Black and John Bolton-Wood AM

Winners of the St James Recital Prize, Radzyminski Family Prize, Parszos Prize, Ingrid Davidson Award, and Tinkler Encouragement Award.

2012 Finalists

Approximately 3 hours, with a 20 minute interval. 


ASC Semi-Finals Guest Artist 2012 - SYO Brass Quartet

Guest Artists
SYO Brass Quintet

Joshua Davies, horn; Emma Bolton, trumpet; Benjamin Tjoa, trumpet; Robert Sherrington, trombone; Liam Acheson, tuba.


Semi-Finals Concert

Wednesday 10th October 7pm
The Independent Theatre
269 Miller Street
North Sydney


Thursday 11th October 11am
The Independent Theatre
269 Miller Street
North Sydney

Finals Concert

Thursday 25th October 7pm
Opera Theatre
Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point

2012 MasterClass Program

2012 IFAC Australian Singing Competition Finals Concert Program

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Nicole Car, Soprano

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In September 2012, Nicole was the winner of the 2012 Opera Awards and is a member of Opera Australia's Young Artists Program. 

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