Australian Singing Competition - Patron Level

2017 Sponsors & Supporters

Patron Acknowledgement

In 2014 we formally welcomed Dr Haruhisa Handa as Patron of the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition, gratefully acknowledging his ongoing sponsorship and support, both personally and as Chairman of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture (IFAC). Dr Handa is of course well-known to Australian lovers of opera through his generous support of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour (HOSH):–

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Dr Haruhisa Handa

Dr Haruhisa Handa

Born in Japan in 1951, Dr Haruhisa Handa graduated from Doshisha University (Economics). He pursued post-graduate studies in voice at Japan's prestigious Musashino Academia Musicae.

In recognition of his many artistic and cultural accomplishments, he has been appointed visiting professor at China's Zhejiang University. In recognition of his generosity to Australian universities, he has been awarded honorary doctorates by both Curtin University and Edith Cowan University.

Dr Handa operates more than ten companies in Japan and abroad, which are engaged in a variety of activities ranging from management consulting to sponsorship of symposia.

As Patron of the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition, Dr Haruhisa Handa has underwritten the cost of an orchestra accompanying our Finalists, arranged for an international judge to join the adjudication panel and lent his endorsement to our activities for 17 years, since 1998.

Through Dr Handa’s support the Competition has matured into both an Australia/NZ regional and internationally respected event, staging Finals Concerts in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth Sydney and Adelaide.  In 2000 our Finalists performed in Tokyo and the Handa Prize was a highly valued opportunity that was keenly sought by our young singers.

Opera lovers are also aware Dr Handa’s reach has extended to his support and sponsorship of the now-famous annual event 'Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour' – an initiative between Opera Australia and Destinations NSW. Acclaimed productions in recent years have included La traviata, Carmen, Madama Butterfly and in 2015, Aida.

We thank Dr Handa personally, and as Chairman as the International Foundation for Arts & Culture (IFAC). In addition, many thanks to his representatives in Australia and Tokyo for their generosity and commitment to assist young singers as they develop their careers through the opportunities presented by the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition.

 Lauren Easton (mezzo soprano) &  Dr Haruhisa Handa


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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 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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