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2014 Semi-Finals Concert Programme


Myer Fredman (29 January 1932 - 4 July 2014)

The 2014 Semi-Finals Concert is dedicated to the memory of Maestro Myer Fredman.

An internationally acclaimed conductor in the symphonic and operatic repertoire, Myer Fredman played a pivotal role in the Australian musical scene over many decades and his contribution to the Australian Singing Competition cannot be overstated. Fredman was a member of the music advisory committee that helped establish the original rules and conditions for the Competition, many of which are still in place today. He was an adjudicator no less than 15 times, served as National Adjudicator in 1993 as well as guest conductor on several occassions.

Fredman was most recently Adjunct Professor at the University of Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music and was closely involved in establishing the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra.


MOST Chairman - Roland Gridiger

Roland Gridiger, CEO MOST®

"I am delighted to welcome you to the Semi-Finals Concert of the 2014 IFAC Australian Singing Competition.

Now in our 33rd year, the IFAC ASC continues to adapt and to innovate in the face of an ever-changing world. We have lead the way in our use of digital technology – our YouTube Channel showcases the Competition going back to our very first year and is extremely popular. To date we have had close to 400,000 views and we enjoy hundreds of subscribers from across the world.

This year, for the very first time, we held Heats in London to reflect the inescapably international nature of a modern singing career. The IFAC ASC has a proud history of launching the careers of some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s finest classical and opera singers.

Tonight you will hear eleven exciting young performers, accompanied by the renowned David Harper, as they begin their own journeys onto the international stage. We would like to thank our friends, sponsors and supporters for making this event possible.

We wish each of the Semi-Finalists the very best of luck and look forward to meeting you at the Finals on 30 August 2014. "

About the Semi-Finals

More than a Concert

The IFAC 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 August 30 at 7pm in the Verbrugghen Hall at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Now in its 33rd year, the IFAC ASC has showcased nearly 3,000 singers who have competed for more than $2.8 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.

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.


Photo Jeffrey Black



Jeffrey Black
National Adjudicator

Michael Halliwell
Associate Professor of Vocal Studies and Opera and the Associate Dean (Research) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Benjamin Schwartz
Director of Artistic Planning Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

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2013 IFAC ASC Semi-Finals Compere - Greg Lenthen

Greg Lenthen

Journalist and opera buff Greg Lenthen has supported the IFAC Australian Singing Competition since it began in 1982, helping behind the scenes and in front of them, too.

When the fledging competition needed an honorary publicist, there was Greg. And when it needed a compere for the very first semi-finals concert, again Greg volunteered. Greg has often reprised the role over the ensuing decades, and we are very pleased to have him compering the semi-finals again this year.

While Greg’s more than four decades in journalism have been mainly in newspapers, he also spent a decade in radio. These days Greg is rarely behind the microphone – except in a good cause, such as helping foster the opera stars of tomorrow through the IFAC Australian Singing Competition.


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.

2014 Guest Artist

2014 Guest Artists - Simon Tedeschi

Simon Tedeschi 

Simon Tedeschi is one of Australia’s most renowned and sought-after pianists, awarded several prestigious prizes including first prize in the Keyboard division of the Royal Overseas League Competition (UK), Symphony Australia’s Young Performer of the Year Award, and the Legacy Award from the Creativity Foundation (USA).

Also recipient of a Centenary of Federation Medal, Tedeschi has performed in major concert halls throughout Europe, North America and Asia, and for world leaders such as George W. Bush, Vladimir Putin, Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama. As soloist, Tedeschi regularly performs with orchestras around Australia and worldwide, with conductors including Richard Bonynge, Alan Gilbert, Michael Halász, Jun Märkl and Sir William Southgate.

Based in the USA for several years, since returning to Sydney in 2010, Tedeschi has performed for the Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Sydney Opera House, Musica Viva, Queensland Music Festival and numerous concert series around the country.

Highlights in 2014 include performances for Sydney Opera House Education, Melbourne Recital Centre’s American Songbook series, with Sydney Youth Orchestra (Grieg), for Musica Viva, a tour with soprano Yvonne Kenny and for Riverside Theatres with jazz legend James Morrison. He also debuts a new show for Monkey Baa Theatre.

His wide-ranging discography includes highly acclaimed recordings of concerti by Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Mozart, and popular solo albums, Gershwin and Me and Gershwin: Take Two (ABC Classics/UMA), both reaching no.1 on the Limelight Classical Charts. 2014 sees the release of Tender Earth, a collection of classical works by some of Australia’s leading jazz composers. Simon is an Ambassador for the Australian Children's Music Foundation, Fine Music FM, Sydney and Ryde Eisteddfods. 


Semi-Finals Concert

Wednesday 30 July 7:00pm
Theatre, The Concourse
Cnr Victoria Avenue and Anderson Street
Chatswood NSW 2067


Thursday 31 July 1:30pm
Theatre, The Concourse
Cnr Victoria Avenue and Anderson Street
Chatswood NSW 2067

Finals Concert

Saturday 30 August 7:00pm
(pre-concert talk 6:00pm)
Verbrugghen Hall
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000

2014 Semi-FInals Concert Programme

Download PDF 2014 Print Programme

2014 Semi-Finalists

(by last name in alphabetical order)

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

Les filles de Cadix
Modern French Songs / Léo Delibes

Piangerò la sorte mia
Giulio Cesare / George Frideric Handel

JESSICA BOYD 22* soprano VIC
Jessica has a Bachelor of Music from Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Recently Jessica has appeared as a soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Melbourne Conservatorium Choir and in Faure’s Requiem with the Victoria Chorale as well as several charity recitals. Read more

Aria (Cantilena)
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 / Hector Villa-Lobos

The Nightingale Enslaved by the Rose
Four Romances, Op. 2 / Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

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

Mörike Lieder / Hugo Wolf

Depuis le jour
Louise / Gustave Charpentier

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

Chanson triste
Op. 2, No. 4 / Henri Duparc

Tornami a vagheggiar
Alcina / George Frideric Handel

Jessica graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Singing, completed with first class honours. Jessica is a part of the Pacific Opera Young Artist Program and has recently worked with Opera Prometheus and Sydney Independent Opera. Solo engagements have included a national broadcast of Bach’s St John Passion for ABC Classic FM. Read more

Breit’ über mein Haupt
Op. 36, No. 1 / Richard Strauss

Eccomi in lieta vesta….Oh quante volte
I Capuleti e i Montecchi / Vincenzo Bellini

Iain is currently studying for a Bachelor of Music degree at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. in recent years has included numerous ensemble engagements with Opera Queensland and The Queensland Conservatorium of Music as well as solo work with the BBC and Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Other solo engagements have included performances with Opera Oceana (Viva Verdi / Anywhere Theatre Festival), the Queensland Bach Society (Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II / Beethoven and Coronation Mass / Mozart) and for the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School Gala Concert. Read more

Ich trage meine Minne
Op. 32, No.1 / Richard Strauss

Se di lauri il crine adorno
Mitridate, rè di Ponto / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

AMY MANFORD 21* soprano WA
Amy is currently studying a Post Graduate Diploma in Music (Classical Voice) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She has performed on numerous occasions with the Perth Symphony Orchestra as a featured soloist and, at WAAPA, Amy played Ariel in The Tempest, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, and this year will be playing Gretel in Hansel and Gretel as well as being a featured soloist in Songs and Sonnets. Read more

Liederkreis (song 5) / Robert Schumann

Ah! Je veux vivre
Roméo et Juliette / Charles Gounod

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

Op. 27 / Richard Strauss

Ernani, Ernani involami
Ernani / Giuseppi Verdi

Cristina is a Developing Artist with Victorian Opera this season and concurrently studying a Masters of Opera at the University of Melbourne. Solo engagements have included Handel’s Messiah; Bach’s St Matthew Passion; Duruflé’s Requiem; and ‘A Grainger Celebration’ with The Consort of Melbourne. Her operatic roles include Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata; Phyllis in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe; and Gretel in Hansel und Gretel. She has also been in the choruses of Aida and La traviata. Read more

Das Rosenband
Op. 36, No. 1 / Richard Strauss

Una voce poco fa
Il barbiere di Siviglia / Gioachino Rossini

JOEL SCOTT 24* tenor NSW 
Joel is currently studying for an Advanced Diploma of Opera and has attained a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Joel’s solo experience includes singing Bach’s St John Passion as well as the role of Obadiah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah under the baton of Neil McEwan. He performed with Sydney Philharmonia Voices in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame.  Read more

Um Mitternacht
Rückert Lieder / Gustav Mahler

Ye People, Rend Your Hearts/If with All Your Hearts
Elijah / Felix Mendelssohn

ANNA VOSHEGE 24* soprano VIC
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

Nacht und Träume / Franz Schubert

O zittre nicht
Die Zauberflöte / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Simon Tedeschi
Rhapsody in Blue / Gershwin

Jeffrey Black and Greg Lenthen

Winners of the following – 
Running Bare Prize
Instituto Italiano Di Cultura Award
Radzyminski Family Prize
Ingrid Davidson Award
Lisa Gasteen National Opera School Prize
Tinkler Encouragement Award 

Announcement of –
2014 Finalists

Approximately 3 hours, with a 20-minute interval.

*Age as at entry.

Wine gifts: Huntington Estate Wines.
Gift baskets: Leppington Valley Farm

The Semi-Finals Concert will be broadcast on Fine Music
Audio Recording: Fine Music 102.5
Engineer: Andrew Goodman-Jones

Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd (MOST®) administrators of the IFAC Australian Singing Competition, would like to acknowledge the generous support and assistance of –

Accor Hotels
Steve Davidson
Fine Music 102.5 | Young Virtuosi
Lisa Gasteen National Opera School
Gridiger Lawyers
David Harper
Huntington Estate Wines
Istituto Italiano di Cultura
Leppington Valley Farm
Shelia McKechnie
Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd (MOST®)
Lucienne Radzyminski
Tinkler Trust

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