Australian Singing Competition - Puccini Level

2017 Sponsors & Supporters

Puccini Level Acknowledgements

The IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition wish to thank the generosity of our "Puccini" level sponsors:–

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Australian Opera Awards Committee

Australian Opera Awards Committee (AOAC)

The AOAC has been a valued sponsor of the ASC since 1983 providing scholarships to support the careers of young singers. Last year, committee member Judith Ward initiated the AOAC Judith Ward Lieder Scholarship for lieder and art song that will be awarded at the Semi Finals.


World-renowned accompanist and vocal coach David Harper has provided an award in the ASC since 2002. David has been the official accompanist for the Semi-Finals since 2006 and he also offers each of the Semi-Finalists coaching and guidance in preparation for the public concert. Since 2010, he has also been the accompanist for the MasterClass conducted by the National adjudicator. The David Harper Award is presented at the Finals and provides private coaching for the winner in either Australia or the UK.

International Vocal Arts Institute

International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI)

The IVAI run summer schools in the USA and Canada that offer a wide range of intensive studies in vocal technique, style and interpretation, languages and diction, movement and acting, role preparation and career development. In 2017 the IVAI New York Scholarship is offered for a singer to attend their summer program in New York.

Israeli Opera

Israeli Opera

The Israeli Opera offers a Finalist the opportunity to participate in their Young-Artist Program in the Meitar Opera Studio in Tel Aviv. The program runs for 4-5 weeks and features many projects, coachings, master classes and performances. This opportunity is presented in conjunction with the Nelly Apt Scholarship, which funds travel and accommodation expenses.

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs


Founded in 1920, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs is Australia’s finest choral performing arts company, devoted to presenting the choral art form at the highest standards, and to fostering the singing community in Sydney and beyond. The choirs regularly perform at the Sydney Opera House and in other leading concert halls around the country, alongside the world’s best conductors, soloists and orchestra’s. In 2017, the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Prize will give one Finalist a professional engagement to perform with the Choirs in 2018.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra


David Robertson, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director. Founded in 1932 by the ABC, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra has evolved into one of the world’s finest orchestras as Sydney has become one of the world’s greatest cities. Resident at the Sydney Opera House, the Orchestra also performs in venues throughout NSW and tours internationally. The Sydney Symphony promotes the work of Australian composers through performances, recordings and its commissioning programme, with recent premieres including music by Ross Edwards, Liza Lim, Gordon Kerry, Georges Lentz and Brett Dean. In 2017, the SSO will give one Finalist the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Award, a professional engagement with the SSO.

VA Accountants

V&A Accountants and Business Advisors

V&A Accountants and Business Advisors is a prestigious firm of accountants and business advisors that has supported the ASC since 2008. They provide accountancy and auditing services to Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd and also sponsor the Pasqualina Lipari Prize in honour of Director Frank Varapodio’s late grandmother who had a passion for Italian opera.

Donna Woodhill

A long-term supporter of the ASC, Donna Woodhill provides the Phoebe Patrick Award to a Finalist in honour of her mother. The prize is a cash grant that has traditionally been used to fund a Finalist’s travel overseas for study. In 2017 this award will be presented in association with the Royal Northern College of Music Award.



Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra (AOBO)

BetterU Health Services

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 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

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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