Australian Singing Competition - Maestro Level

2017 Sponsors & Supporters

Maestro Level Acknowledgements

The Competition wishes to thank the generosity of our "Maestro" level sponsors, the International Foundation for Arts and Culture (IFAC) and Music & Opera Singers Trust Limited (MOST®):–

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Dr Haruhisha Handa - Dame Joan Sutherland

IFAC - International Foundation for Arts and Culture

International Foundation for Arts
and Culture (IFAC) – Australia
Dr Haruhisa Handa, Chairman

IFAC supports art and cultural projects around the world. A non-profit organisation founded in Japan in 1996 with the stated aim of promoting "social welfare activities through music and arts-related events",

IFAC has a long association with the Australian Singing Competition.

Since 1998 IFAC’s sponsorship has enabled us to engage an orchestra to appear at the Competition Finals Concert to accompany the singers – a 'dream come true' for our young singers. The support of IFAC has enabled the Competition to stage Finals Concerts in Sydney, Perth and Adelaide. In addition in 2000 our Finalists performed in Tokyo at a special concert organised by IFAC and Dr Handa.

Music and Opera Trust

Music & Opera Singers Trust Limited

Music & Opera Singers
Trust Limited (MOST®)
Roland Gridiger, Chairman

Music & Opera Singers Trust Limited (MOST®) provides professional management and consultancy services for competitions, events, scholarships, prizes awards and grants.

MOST promotes excellence in the arts, music, education and community development sectors by creating and management programmes and activities which recognise and develop career opportunities.

Since 1982 MOST has overseen the administration as well as contributions of millions of dollars in grants, scholarships, tuition, travel, mentoring programmes and other initiatives through a portfolio of activities.

Originally established to administer the Australian Singing Competition, MOST has gone on to develop a number of well-known initiatives, including the Opera Awards and most recently the Australian Cello Awards.

In 2016 MOST is delighted to once again present the 34th annual Australian Singing Competition – open to Australian and New Zealand opera and classical singers. 

Through MOST initiatives singers and cellists are appearing on stage internationally thanks to our sponsors and supporters, and as a pioneer of the use of digital media in the arts our combined YouTube channels will be approaching 1,000,000 views by the end of 2016.

Over the years MOST has welcomed many eminent members of the profession who have donated their services by giving back to their community. But above all, MOST has aimed to present career opportunities to singers, cellists, musicians, composers, writers and other gifted and talented individuals.

We ask you to join us as we continue to invest in Australia's cultural future.


Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO)

Dashing Print

Gridiger Lawyers

Independent Theatre North Sydney

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO)

New Zealand School of Music (NZSM)

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO)

Opera Australia (OA)

Opera Australia Orchestra

Opera Queensland (OQ)

Queensland Conservatorium,
Griffith University

Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO)

Sydney Conservatorium of
Music, Sydney University

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs (SPC)

Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO)


Ussher Directions

Victorian College of the Arts, (VCA) University of Melbourne

Victorian Opera (VO)

West Australian Opera (WAO)

West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO)

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Edith Cowan University


Carey Beebe

Drago Cherina

Robert Dell'Aquila

Johannes Fritzsch

Michael Gasson

Lisa Gasteen AO

Greg Lenthen

Midori Miyazaki

Ron Overs

Gérard Patacca

Corin Powell

Claude Ullin

Judith Ward

Estates, Foundations & Trusts

Haas Family Trust

Marianne Mathy-Frisdane Estate

Merenda Foundation

Nell Pascall Estate

Nelly Apt Estate

Tinkler Trust

Event Sponsors

Huntington Estate Wines


IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition:
Over 30 Years of Proven Success

Helping young talent to achieve their goals.

For over thirty years the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition has helped discover and contribute to the careers of emerging young classical and opera singers.

This has only been achieved through the generosity of the Marianne Mathy-Frisdane Estate, IFAC and the many sponsors and supporters who have provided cash prizes, study and travel opportunities needed to help young singers take the next steps in their professional singing careers. A number of our current sponsors and supporters are shown here (above).

Not surprisingly, discovering, showcasing and rewarding talent requires significant resources and ongoing help.

There are many benefits in choosing to sponsor or support the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition:

  • association with a premium, well-known brand
  • experienced management and events team
  • access to established social and professional contact networks in a high-value industry sector
  • tax deductibility

Become a Sponsor or Supporter

We invite you to join a family of like-minded people and organisations, dedicated to promoting excellence in the opera and classical singing performing arts.

Whether you are an individual, business or company we offer a number of sponsorship packages. A sponsor has the opportunity to invest in and further develop one of our existing scholarship or prize opportunities or we can help create an activity tailored to a specific area of interest. This may include the establishment of a new scholarship, grant or award, or access to our sponsor and participant communities, etc.

There are also non-financial ways to support the Competition in its endeavours. For example, you may choose to become a supporter by providing donations of products, professional services, gifting, or other value-in-kind options. You may also wish to provide volunteer assistance in our office or at events.

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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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