Australian Singing Competition - Workshops


For Opera & Classical Singers

Innovations in education

Our young singers have chosen one of the world's most challenging careers.

One of the innovative education initiatives pioneered by the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition are Workshops held exclusively for the ten Semi-Finalists during the Semi-Finals week.

In previous years these Workshops have covered topics as diverse as ‘On the Rehearsal Floor’, ‘Business Management’ and ‘Networking for Singers’. These Workshops have been held by some of our industry's most recognised professionals including baritone Jeffrey Black, Tahu Matheson and Tama Matheson, Graham Pushee (Arts Management) and Paul St Clair (St Clair Partners Chartered Accountants).

Photo (Brendan Hay): 2012 Workshop, with bass baritone Jeremy Kleeman, mezzo soprano Charlotte Betts-Dean and Tama Matheson.

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The Mathy Statuette

The Mathy

'The Mathy' has become synonymous with the Marianne Mathy Scholarship, the featured award within the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition.

In late 2012, a new set of 'Mathys' were hand cast at the Sydney foundry, ready to be awarded to the next decade of Marianne Mathy Scholarship winners.

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2016: Nicholas Tolputt

2016: Nicholas Tolputt 

Nicholas Tolputt is our 2016 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Winner. In this video, Counter tenor Nicholas Tolputt performs “Stille amare” from Handel’s "Tolomeo" at the Finals Concert of the 2016 IFAC Australian Singing Competition, held in the Concert Hall of The Concourse, Chatswood, on Thursday 18th August 2016.

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