Australian Singing Competition - Adjudicators

2017 Adjudicators

Adjudication Panels 

National Adjudicator
Catrin Johnsson


Auckland (NZ) Saturday 1 April
Stuart Maunder AM, Gina Sanders

London (UK) Monday 3 April
David Harper, Linnhe Robertson, Yvonne Kenny

Sydney (NSW) Monday 3 April & Tuesday 4 April
Barry Ryan

Melbourne (VIC) Wednesday 5 April
Suzanne Johnston 

Perth (WA) Friday 7 April
Thomas Johnson, Patricia Price

Brisbane (QLD) Sunday 9 April
Jason Barry-Smith


Adjudicators Semi-Finals
Maree Ryan
Tahu Matheson

Adjudicators Finals
Noëmi Nadelmann
Maree Ryan
Tahu Matheson
Olafur Sigurdarson


2017 IFAC ASC Adjudicator - Catrin Johnsson

Catrin Johnsson


Catrin Johnsson was born in Sweden and trained at the Sköndal Institute (Organist Course) and Royal University College of Music in Stockholm (Solo Vocal Course) where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music. She completed her formal training at the Royal Academy of Music in London (Performance and Opera Course) where she graduated with a Dip.RAM and LRAM. She has furthered her vocal studies with Jacqueline Bremar and David Harper. Awards include the prestigious Christina Nilsson Award from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize, Flora Nielsen Prize, Michael Head Prize, Katie Thomas Prize, and the Minnie Hauk Prize.

Operatic roles include the title role in The Duchess of Malfi for English National Opera, Medoro in Handel’s Orlando for the Åmot Opera Festival in Norway, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro, La Ciesca Gianni Schicchi and Dimitri Fedora for Opera Holland Park, Dorabella Così fan tutte, Dido Dido and Aeneas, Carmen, Meg Page Falstaff, Hansel Hansel and Gretel, Adelberto Ottone and Idelberto Lotario (London Handel Festival), Nicklausse Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Prince The Happy Prince, Zerlina Don Giovanni, Second Lady and Third Lady The Magic Flute. Covered roles include Fyodor Boris Godunov and Dorabella Così fan tutte for English National Opera, Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Stéphano Roméo et Juliette for Opera North.

Oratorios include: Verdi Requiem, Bach Magnificat, St Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Handel Messiah, L'Allegro, il Penserioso ed il Moderato, Mozart Requiem and Mass in C minor.

Catrin is active on the concert platform in Europe, Scandinavia, UK and New Zealand where performances include Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Kindertotenlieder (Purcell Room), Grieg Haugtussa (St John's, Smith Square, with Malcolm Martineau). Together with pianist Rachel Fuller she recorded the CD In Recital and has also taken part in a televised master class for the BBC with David Pountney, as well as radio and television broadcasts in Sweden, Norway and New Zealand. 2016 engagements included: the role of Second Lady in The Magic Flute for New Zealand Opera 2016, recitals for Chamber Music New Zealand together with soprano Morag Atchison and pianist Rachel Fuller, and performances of Verdi’s Requiem with Bach Musica, as well as Mendelssohn’s Symphony no. 2, Lobgesang.

Catrin also works as a vocal and language consultant for high level choirs, including Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir. Recent engagements include Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem (Royal Festival Hall, Wimbledon Choral Society, conductor Neil Ferris), Bach Johannespassion (Auckland Town Hall, Auckland Chamber Choir, conductor Stephen Layton). CD recordings include Voice of the Soul with Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir and Magnificat with the Auckland Chamber Choir, conductor Karen Grylls.

Catrin is an international guest tutor of the New Zealand Singing School and is an Artist Teacher at the University of Auckland. In London, she worked as a voice teacher at St Paul’s Boys’ School and at Latymer Upper School.

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'The Mathy' has become synonymous with The Marianne Mathy Scholarship, the featured award within the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition.

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'The Mathy' limited edition Drago Marin Cherina bronze statuette was first awarded to Western Australian soprano Rachelle Durkin in 2000.





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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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