“Welcome to the Semi-Finals Concert of the 2016 IFAC Australian Singing Competition. This afternoon you will hear ten talented young singers whose dedication and commitment to their craft has catapulted them to commence their journey to the world stage. This week, each Semi Finalist participated in a workshop presented by soprano and teacher Anke Höppner. The five Finalists selected tonight will emerge themselves tomorrow afternoon in a MasterClass with Italian soprano Barbara Frittoli – don’t miss it!
This is our 35th Semi-Finals and we are honoured to have with us an esteemed panel of adjudicators including our National Adjudicator, Lyndon Terracini AM. 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 Thursday 18 August 2016 at the Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood.”
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 ten 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 ten Semi-Finalists, only five will be selected as Finalists. These five will appear at the Finals Concert on Thursday 18th August at 7pm in the Concert Hall of the Concourse Theatre, Chatswood. Now in its 35th year, the 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.
Lyndon Terracini AM is the Artistic Director of Opera Australia, and has also enjoyed a highly successful international opera career as well as a successful career as an actor, director and writer.
Lyndon Terracini was appointed Artistic Director and CEO of the Queensland Music Festival in July 2000 and directed the 2001, 2003 and 2005 Festivals. He was appointed Artistic Director/CEO of Brisbane Festival in 2005 and Artistic Director/CEO of Major Brisbane Festivals in November 2007.
In June 1999, Lyndon Terracini was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music Theatre by Central Queensland University. In February 2000, he was awarded a Fellowship by the Music Fund of the Australia Council for the Arts. In 2001, he was awarded an Honorary D. Univ. from Southern Cross University and in July 2005 he was awarded the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Cultural leadership Award by Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF). In 2005 Lyndon Terracini was also appointed Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland and in 2007 he was awarded a D.Univ. from Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
He was also a member of the International Jury for the Venice Biennale for Music and Savonlinna Opera Festival, and delivered the 2011 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address.
In 2014, Lyndon’s service to the performing arts as an opera performer, director and administrator was recognised with a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
2016 SEMI-FINALS CONCERT ADJUDICATORS
Lyndon Terracini AM
Lisa Gasteen AO
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 fledgling 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.
2016 Semi-FInals Concert Programme
(by last name in alphabetical order)
SARAH AMPIL 25 soprano NSW
Heimliches Lieben / Schubert
Je suis encore tout étourdie
MORGAN BALFOUR 23 soprano NSW
Oh! Quand je dors / Liszt
Ah, Tardai troppo...O luce di quest'anima
ANASTASIA BICKEL 25 mezzo soprano QLD
In the Silence of the Mysterious Night
ELIZA BOOM 22 soprano NSW
Je dis, que rien ne m'épouvante
JARVIS DAMS 25 baritone NZ
Nacht und Träume
L'Orage s'est calmé
ZOE DRUMMOND 23 tenor NZ
Apparition / Debussy
FREDERICK JONES 24 soprano NSW
Lunge da lei…De’ miei bollenti spiriti
Sure on this shining night / Barber
NICHOLAS TOLPUTT 25 counter tenor NSW
SARAH WANG 24 soprano NSW
Les filles de Cadix / Delibes
String Quartet Op. 27 | Grieg
Winners of the following –
Announcement of –
Approximately 3 hours, with a 20-minute interval.
All Semi-Finalists have received the BetterU Prize and the Running Bare Prize. Flowers are provided by Flowers in Season. Gifts are provided by from Silvia – Gluten Free Cuisine and Huntington Estate Wines.
The Semi-Finals Concert will be broadcast on Fine Music 102.5 on Wednesday 3 August at 1pm.
Photography and videography by MOST®
The Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd would like to acknowledge the support of our Sponsors for the Semi-Finals:
Australian Opera Awards Committee
One of Australia's leading young sopranos, Nicole shares her experience in the 2008 Australian Singing Competition.
In September 2012, Nicole was the winner of the 2012 Opera Awards and is a member of Opera Australia's Young Artists Program.