Australian Singing Competition - Verdi Level

2017 Sponsors & Supporters

Verdi Level Acknowledgements

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

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Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO)

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is the professional symphony orchestra of Australia’s national capital which has been serving and enriching the community and region since 1950. As the premiere arts organisation in Canberra, the CSO name is indelibly linked with cultural and artistic excellence. The organisation is led by Board Chair, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC, AFC (Ret’d). Dr Nicholas Milton serves as Chief Conductor & Artistic Director. Since 2015, the CSO has awarded a Finalist the Canberra Symphony Orchestra Prize, a professional engagement with the CSO.

Steve Davidson & Sheila McKechnie

Steve Davidson was the husband of the late Ingrid Davidson, and Sheila McKechnie was her sister. Ingrid was a musician and singer and to celebrate Ingrid’s lifelong passion for music, her family established the Ingrid Davidson Award enabling a Sydney-based Semi-Finalist the benefit of the use of the Richard Lipp of Stuttgart upright piano for two years in his/her home.

Fine Music 102.5

Fine Music 102.5

Since 1984 Fine Music 102.5 (formerly 2MBS-FM) has provided the Fine Music 102.5 Recording Session, a recording engagement for a Finalist in their studios in North Sydney. Fine Music has also recorded many of the Competition Semi-Finals concerts for broadcast to their listeners. In 2017, the recording session is awarded in association with the Marianne Mathy Scholarship.

 Christine Leaves

Christine Leaves is a producer, a business manager and a former student of Marianne Mathy. She has had lifelong passion for nurturing young talent and has provided the Christine Leaves Award in the Finals of the ASC since 2007.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

As the largest performing arts company in Queensland employing 88 full-time musicians and the state’s only professional symphony orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra plays a vital role in Queensland’s cultural community, giving over 157 live performances across 47 weeks each year to more than 1.6 million people. Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s annual season attracts high-profile international and national artists featuring repertoire ranging from Beethoven to the Proms. In 2016, the QSO will award to a Finalist the Queensland Symphony Orchestra Prize, an engagement to perform with the Orchestra.

Running Bare

Running Bare

Since 2008, Running Bare has generously provided the Running Bare Prize for each of the Semi-Finalists with either a gift-pack of fashionable athletic clothing and accessories or with a gift voucher for Running Bare products.

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

WAAPA is one of the leading performing arts schools in Australia and has been a long-standing supporter of the ASC. WAAPA provides venues for the Competition and since 2014 has offered the WAAPA International Art Song Academy Prize, a scholarship to attend the annual WAAPA International Art Song Academy.



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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