The IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition wish to thank the generosity of our "Verdi" level sponsors:–
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
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 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
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.
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
Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra (AOBO)
BetterU Health Services
Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO)
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 Symphony Orchestra (QSO)
Sydney Conservatorium of
Sydney Philharmonia Choirs (SPC)
Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO)
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
Haas Family Trust
Marianne Mathy-Frisdane Estate
Nell Pascall Estate
Nelly Apt Estate
Huntington Estate Wines
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:
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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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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