Heats

Heats are held for eligible entrants around Australia, in New Zealand, and in London. In 2021, Heats will only be held in Australia.

Contestants will sing 2 items from their repertoire. The first will be their choice, and the subsequent piece(s) will be selected by the Adjudicators. After singing, each contestant will be interviewed by the panel.

The National Adjudicator and a specially convened Adjudication Panel will select 10 Semi Finalists to proceed to the next stage.

Semi Finals

The Semi-Finals will take place in Sydney. A new panel of Adjudicators will join the National Adjudicator.

Five Finalists will be selected from the Semi Finals to proceed to the next round. Finalists will need to make their way to Sydney for the Finals at their own expense and must ensure that they are able to attend all days of activity and adjudication.

Finals

Five Finalists perform 2 items each accompanied by the Opera Australia Orchestra.

The Adjudication Panel will announce scholarships, awards and prizes at the conclusion of the concert.
The recipient of the Marianne Mathy Scholarship, "The Mathy", will be named as the overall winner of the ASC.






Please ensure you read and understand the Rules and Conditions of the Competition. If you have any queries, please contact the Competition by email or phone.

2021 RULES & CONDITIONS

1. ELIGIBILITY

1.1 An entrant of the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition (“the Competition”) must be –

(i) under 27 years on 23 June 2021 (must be born after 23 June 1994). The age limit has been raised for one year only to accommodate singers who were unable to enter in 2020 due to the cancellation of the Competition;
(ii) a citizen or resident of Australia or New Zealand; or any holder of a valid Visa to Australia
(iii) an amateur or professional classical singer.

It is recommended that the entrant be over 19 years of age.

1.2 A previous winner of The Marianne Mathy Scholarship is ineligible to enter.

1.3 Entrants must ensure that they are available to attend all the events listed for the Competition. Check the Timeline for this year’s dates.

1.4 Interstate entrants must ensure they are willing and able to travel to Sydney for the Competition Semi-Finals and Finals concerts.

1.5 The Entry Fee is not refundable.

2. REPERTOIRE GUIDELINES

2.1 Please note: Entrants must verify that the items chosen to sing at the Finals Concert on 23 October 2021 are available in Australia. Entrants should contact the Music Library of Opera Australia or the Music Library of Symphony Services International. Pay particular attention to the correct orchestration and key. It is an essential requirement that entrants perform this check at the time of entry.

If the item is unavailable, the full score (with orchestral parts) may be imported at the entrant’s expense.

2.2 Entrants should give careful consideration to selecting repertoire in which they are already proficient. This should showcase vocal quality, flexibility, style, range of expression and technique.

2.3 All items must be performed from memory and in the original language. There must be at least 3 languages in the repertoire.

2.4 Submitted repertoire can only be changed prior to the Heats, provided that it remains in accordance with the Rules and with the approval of the National Adjudicator.

2.5 The total repertoire must not exceed performance time of 30 minutes and must include at least one item from each of the following categories:

A — works by a Classical or Baroque composer such as Monteverdi, Handel, Bach, Purcell, Gluck, Haydn or Mozart

B — songs for voice and piano from the repertoire of the 19th Century to the present, e.g. lieder, art song and chanson

C — works from the international operatic repertoire

D — a song with orchestral accompaniment (which may also be part of a song cycle) and/or a solo from a choral/orchestral work – oratorio, cantata, mass etc. written for performance with orchestra (an excerpt for solo voice only, not including chorus)

HEATS

2.6 Contestants will perform one item of their own choice and the Adjudication Panel may select additional item/s from the submitted repertoire.

2.7 The Competition reserves the right to digitise the heats should the safety of entrants and adjudicators be placed at risk. In the event of a digitisations of the heats, all heats will be held through an online live audition program.

SEMI-FINALS

2.8 Semi-Finalists will be required to prepare four items from the submitted repertoire, some or all of which may be heard by the Adjudicators.

For the Private Adjudication component, Semi-finalists must include one item from:

(i) CATEGORY A; and
(ii) one from CATEGORY B.

For the Public Concert, two of the four items will be performed, of which one must be from CATEGORY B.

Timing: Together the items for the Public Concert should total a minimum of 6 minutes and not exceed 10 minutes. Entrants must check the timing to ensure that the maximum limit is adhered to.

2.9 Semi-Finalists will receive an Orchestral Repertoire Form from the Australian Singing Competition which must be completed and returned to the office by 10 September 2021. No change will be permitted.

FINALS

2.10 Finalists must present 2 items from the submitted repertoire selected in consultation with the Adjudicators following the Semi-Finals. These items must be available to be sung with orchestral accompaniment.

TimingTogether the items should total a minimum of 8 minutes and not exceed 12 minutes. Entrants must check the timing to ensure that the maximum limit is adhered to.

2.12 If the music is unavailable in Australia in the required key with full score and orchestral parts, the item may not be performed at the Finals unless the singer arranges to obtain the music, with all orchestral parts, at their own expense. (Please refer to 2.1)

3. ACCOMPANIMENT

3.1 Contestants must engage their own accompanist for the Heats. An accompanist may be scheduled with the help of the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition if required.

3.2 The official accompanist for the Semi-Finals is Antonio Fernandez. Rehearsal times will be allocated for a one-hour rehearsal that is funded by the Competition. Additional rehearsal time may be made by arrangement with Antonio Fernandez at the singer’s expense.

3.3 Finalists will perform with the Opera Australia Orchestra. Rehearsal time will be allocated prior to the Finals Concert. Dates and times to be confirmed.

3.4 Semi-Finalists and Finalists are obliged to attend all rehearsals as specified.

4. ADJUDICATION

GENERAL

4.1 Adjudication will take place over three stages: Heats, Semi-Finals and Finals. The decision of the Adjudicators at all stages is final.

4.2 Contestants will be judged on:
(i) Performance;
(ii) Technique;
(iii) Potential;
(iv) Personality; and
(v) Study Plan.

HEATS: AUSTRALIA

4.3 Any of the scheduled Heats may be cancelled if insufficient numbers register to be auditioned.

4.4 All heats will be held in a socially distanced studio in each State. National Adjudicator Graham Pushee will be present via online video link. Two state-based Heats Adjudicators will attend the audition in person.

4.5 At the Heats, contestants will sing 2 items from their repertoire. The first will be their choice, and the subsequent piece(s) will be selected by the Adjudicators. After singing, each contestant will be interviewed by the panel.

HEATS: UNITED KINGDOM AND NEW ZEALAND

4.6 Due to Covid-19 restrictions on travel, the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition has been forced to cancel the UK and NZ heats for the safety of staff, adjudicators and entrants.

SEMI-FINALS

4.7 The Semi-Finals will take place in Sydney. A new panel of Adjudicators will join the National Adjudicator. The Competition reserves the right to alter the presentation of the Semi-Finals concert should it become impossible to conduct a live event for health and safety reasons.

4.8 The Semi-Finals Adjudication over 2 days consists of:

(i) a private performance and interview in Sydney on Friday 24 September.
Allocated times will be advised; and
(ii) a public concert on Sunday 26 September.

FINALS

4.9 The Finals Adjudication panel will include a non-voting Chair.

4.10 The National Adjudicator may be present at the General Rehearsal.

4.11 The Finals Concert will be staged in the Concourse Concert Hall Saturday 23 October. The Competition reserves the right to alter the presentation of the Finals concert should it become impossible to conduct a live event for health and safety reasons.

5. WORKSHOP

5.1 Semi-Finalists will be required to leave Thursday 23 September available should it be possible to present a workshop, Covid-19 permitting.

5.2 The Workshop is not intended to form part of the adjudication process and is instead designed to provide and educational activity for the participants.

6. MASTERCLASS

FINALISTS

6.1 Finalists selected at the Semi-Finals are required to leave the Monday 27 September free should it be possible to present a public MasterClass, Covid-19 restrictions permitting.

6.2 The MasterClass is not intended to form part of the adjudication process and is instead designed to provide an educational activity for the participants.

7. MUSIC

HEATS

7.1 A copy of the music of all items to be performed at the Heats must be brought for the Adjudicators.

SEMI-FINALS

7.2 Semi-Finalists must provide Antonio Fernandez, the official accompanist, with their scores by Friday 26 August. Scores must be scanned and sent via email (no photographed scores will be accepted).

7.3 A copy of the music of all items to be performed at the Semi-Finals must be brought for the Adjudicators.

8. INFORMATION AND LEGALS

8.1 By entering The IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition (“the Competition”) you agree to comply with the terms and conditions attached to each Scholarship, Prize or Award.

8.2 The duration of any Scholarship will be for the period necessary for the successful recipient to complete the program of study undertaken.

8.3 All awards must be drawn within five (5) years of the recipient winning unless an alternative agreement is reached or stipulated in the prize fact sheet. Requests for funds must be made in writing, with a budget detailing the proposed use.

8.4 The Competition and Music & Opera Singers Trust Limited (“MOST®”) takes no responsibility for the acceptance of scholarships, which involve overseas travel. This decision is taken solely at the discretion of the recipient. Recipients are advised to check the current status of the country in question with the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs at the time of travel.

 PERFORMANCE RIGHTS

8.5 MOST® has the right to video, film, record or photograph and retain all stages of the Competition for archival or promotional purposes (“the Material”). MOST® has the right to retain the material on websites or any other analogue or electronic/digital media without fee to the singer and any personal information relating to the Competition. Broadcast, and narrowcast rights remain with MOST® and the Competition.

8.6 MOST® has the right to distribute, post the Material in any medium (including and without limitation on YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Tumblr), in whole or in part for an unlimited period, without remuneration, for the purpose of promoting MOST® or the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition and associated entities.

8.7 The Competition and MOST® have permission to use the Material in any way that may otherwise infringe an entrant’s moral rights pursuant to the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), including but not limited to, an entrant’s moral rights associated with their live performance in the 2021 IFAC Handa ASC when used for any promotion or publicity of MOST® or the Competition in any media without limitation for an unlimited period.

8.8 All approaches to the media must be made through and with the approval of MOST®. Contestants will be required to be available for media calls by arrangement.

9. GENERAL

9.1 Recipients are required to provide a report (not exceeding 1,200 words) to MOST® within 12 months on the benefit that the Scholarship, Prize or Award has had on their career.

9.2 All recipients of Prizes, Scholarships and Awards are encouraged to acknowledge the prize giver with a letter of thanks.

TIMELINE 2022

TIMELINE 2022 (all dates to be confirmed)

ENTRIES
Mon 11 April 2022
/ Opening date for Entries
Mon 30 May 2022 / Closing date for Entries
Wed 1 June 2022 Closing date for Late Entries

HEATS
Monday 11 July 2022 / Heats: Sydney
Tuesday 12 July 2022 / Heats: Sydney
Wednesday 13 July 2022 / Heats: Melbourne
Friday 15 July 2022 / Heats: Perth
Sunday 17 July 2022 / Heats: Brisbane

SEMI-FINALS

Thursday 25 August 2022 / Semi-Finals Workshop (tentative)

Friday 26 August 2022 / Semi-Finals Private Adjudication

Sunday 28 August 2022 / Semi-Finals Public Concert

 

MASTERCLASS

Monday 29 August 2022 / MasterClass for Finalists

 

FINALS

Saturday 1 October 2022 / General Rehearsal 

Saturday 1 October 2022 / Finals Concert, The Concourse Chatswood 7:00pm 

MOST® and the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition reserve the right to make changes without notice.