Australian Singing Competition - Past Finalists

Marianne Mathy Scholarship
Past Finalists

2015 FINALISTS

2015 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Damian Arnold

DAMIAN ARNOLD 

TENOR, 23, NSW

Damian has a Bachelor of Music Performance (Voice) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

In 2014, he was specially selected to represent the Conservatorium at the inaugural Estivo Summer School in Verona, Italy. That same year Damian was the winner of the Male Voices (21-25 years) in the McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod.

In 2013, he was a Pacific Opera Young Artist and has gone on to gain extensive performance experience. Damian has frequently appeared as a soloist for various organisations including the Penrith Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choir and the Sydney Schubert Society.

In 2015, Damian secured his first role with Opera Australia as ‘Rolan’ in their schools-touring production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Other recent roles include Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart in Mozart and Salieri by Rimsky-Korsakov, Hugo in Offenbach's Love By Lanternlight, The Tenor Lover in Puccini's Il Tabarro and Edward in Trial by Jury. Damian hopes to pursue a Masters in Opera Performance in Europe in 2016.

  • ROSL Arts Scholarship
  • Nelly Apt Scholarship
  • David Harper Award
  • Universal Music Australia Prize

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2015 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Rebecca Gulinello

REBECCA GULINELLO

SOPRANO, 24, VIC

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Voice from the Victorian College of Arts, Melbourne Conservatorium. Over the course of her singing career she has been awarded many scholarships and prizes including the Amelia Joscelyne Scholarship with Melba Opera Trust in both 2013 and 2014. In 2012 she was a semi-finalist in the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award, and a semi-finalist in the Herald Sun aria.

In 2015, Rebecca will covering the role of ‘foreign princess’ from Dvorak’s Czech opera Rusalka with Melbourne opera company XLArts and performing Santuzza in a Cavalleria Rusticana/Contrabandista double bill with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society. In late 2015 Rebecca will appear in the chorus of Opera Australia for the Sydney and Melbourne seasons of L’elisir D’amore. In 2014 Rebecca played the role of stepsister ‘Clorinda’ in Opera Australia’s touring-schools company of La Cenerentola. Rebecca hopes to enter a Young Artist Program in London in 2016.

  • Royal Northern College of Music Award
    • Phoebe Patrick Award
  • Canberra Symphony Orchestra Prize
  • WAAPA International Art Song Academy Prize

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2015 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist -Jeremy Kleeman

JEREMY KLEEMAN

BASS BARITONE, 24, VIC

Jeremy has a Master of Music (Opera Performance) from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Since graduating from Victorian Opera’s Developing Artist Program in 2013, he has appeared as a principle with various opera companies, most recently for Victorian Opera in I puritani and Sweeney Todd, and in the Best Opera Helpmann Award winning Faramondo for the Brisbane Baroque Festival. In 2013, Jeremy created the role of Albert the Pudding in the Best Ensemble Green Room Award-winning cast of world premiere The Magic Pudding – The Opera.

Jeremy is also an experienced oratorio singer, having featured as bass soloist for companies including the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, Melbourne Bach Choir, and St. Francis Church, Melbourne. Jeremy has enjoyed success in major singing competitions, most recently winning the Welsh Male Choir Singer of the Year 2014.

Jeremy is grateful to be supported by the Joseph Sambrook Opera Scholarship with the Melba Opera Trust.

  • Bel Canto Voice Program Scholarship
    • Woodward Family Prize
  • Merenda Legacy
  • Christine Leaves Award

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2015 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Maximilian Riebl

MAXIMILIAN RIEBL

COUNTER TENOR, 23, VIC

Australian-born countertenor Maximilian Riebl engages in concert work and international competitions throughout Europe, Australia and the United Kingdom. 

He began his professional stage career as a boy soprano at the age of ten and has since performed in concerts, operas and oratorios in the Royal Albert Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, the Sydney Opera House, Hamer Hall and the Kammeroper.

 Maximilian has worked with many of Australia's major philharmonic and baroque ensembles and a variety of consorts and baroque ensembles in Europe. His concert and operatic repertoire includes Bach's Johannes Passion, Magnificat and Mass in B minor, Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Vivaldi's Gloria, Nisi Dominus and Magnificat, Mozart's Requiem, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, John Blow's Venus and Adonis and Purcell's Fairy Queen. 

He has received top prizes in some of Australia's most prestigious vocal competitions and this year he was a semi-finalist in the international London Handel Singing Competition. Maximilian is currently completing an Honours degree in History at the University of Melbourne. 

  • Marianne Mathy Scholarship
    • Audition Prize from Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center
    • Fine Music 102.5 Recording Session
    • Lili Ussher Prize
    • Neustein Resume Prize
    • Oral History Award
    • The Mathy

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2015 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Benson Wilson

BENSON WILSON

BARITONE, 24, NZ

Benson is a proud New-Zealand born Samoan. He was a Finalist and won second place in the 2014 Lexus Song Quest. That same year Benson completed his Bachelor of Music Honours (Vocal Performance) at the University of Auckland and was awarded the University of Auckland’s Vice-Chancellor’s Cultural Grant. He recently won first place in the 2015 Napier Aria Competition. Benson has performed as a concert soloist and in the chorus of several companies, most recently in Auckland Opera Studio’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor.

 He has been a member of the New Zealand Youth Choir since 2011 and in 2013 he toured with the choir to Canada and the United States. He is a member of New Zealand Opera’s Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus for 2014.

Benson is an enthusiastic teacher and works as a vocal coach at several high schools in Auckland. Next year Benson hopes to pursue postgraduate training at one of the elite music institutions in the UK.

  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama Award
    • Pasqualina Lipari Prize
  • IVAI New York Scholarship
    • Haas Award
  • Symphony Australia Young Vocalist Award

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All Finalists Received
  • Roland Richards Prize
  • Zoe James Prize
  • Opera Australia Prize

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2014 FINALISTS

2014 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Kate Amos

KATE AMOS
SOPRANO, 24, VIC

Kate's numerous awards in recent years include "Opera Scholar of the Year" winner, Eisteddfod By The Bay Aria winner, and the Robert Stolz Viennese Operetta Award.

Kate has a degree in Music Performance with Honours at Melbourne University and will complete postgraduate studies through the Masters of Opera degree (Performance) in conjunction with Victorian Opera; she is currently one of its Developing Young Artists. She also has a Diploma in Italian. Kate hopes to continue her studies in Europe, perhap in Salzburg, through a Young Artist Development Programme. 

Kate has performed in ensemble with the Victoria Opera chorus among others. Her solo performances include the title role in 'The Red Apple' by Offenbach (Lyric Opera Melbourne, 2012) and Yum-Yum (The Mikado, Gilbert & Sullivan).

Kate’s eclectic musical interests include a huge love of Mozart, a great enjoyment in singing Viennese operetta, and an enthusiasm for musical theatre. She is also a fully qualified swimming instructor.

  • Merenda Scholarship
  • Royal Over-Seas League Music Bursary
  • Symphony Australia Young Vocalist Award

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2014 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Samantha Clarke

SAMANTHA CLARKE

SOPRANO, 23, WA

Samantha has a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Performance (Voice) from WAAPA and is now in the process of completing a PostGraduate Diploma in Classical Voice (Opera Studies), also at WAAPA. She has also studied piano for some years. She would like to study for a Masters degree either in the UK or the US, and to apply for various Young Artist Programmes.

Samantha has participated in the Perth International Art Song Festival with Deborah Birnbaum and Graham Johnson as well as in several masterclasses, including with Lisa Gasteen.

At WAAPA Samantha’s chorus work has included Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vierne’s Les Angelus, and Elgar’s The Music Makers. Solo operatic and theatrical roles include Beth (Little Women), Hansel in (Hansel and Gretel), and Miranda in The Tempest.

Samantha enjoys comedy and her own talents include vocal impressions of singers such as Celine Dion and Britney Spears!

  • Christine Leaves Award
  • Leverhulme Royal Northern College of Music Award
    • Phoebe Patrick Award
  • Nelly Apt Scholarship

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2014 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Corinne Cowling

CORINNE COWLING

SOPRANO, 24, WA

Corinne is studying for the Graduate Diploma of Music (Classical Performance, Voice) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice at WAAPA and was awarded the 2013 inaugural Dame Mary Gilmore Award for the most promising overall final year female student. 

Corinne’s experience includes as a soprano soloist for Lost and Found Opera Inc., Collegium Symphonic Chorus and the Gilbert & Sullivan Society in Perth, Western Australia. Ensemble work includes participation in numerous musicals and ballets, and performances with Gondwana Voices.

Corinne has to date enjoyed some study in the United States and hopes to further her studies overseas, particularly at music schools such as The Royal Academy of Music, The Juilliard School or The New England Conservatory. She also intends to participate in summer schools and festivals where possible, and to learn the Italian language to a high standard.

Corinne has dual Australian and American citizenship. She is also a highly accomplished ballerina, having studied at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Holland, and loves to teach dance.

  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama Award
    • Clark & Associates Prize
  • Universal Music Australia Prize
  • WAAPA International Art Song Festival Prize

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2014 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Isabella Moore

ISABELLA MOORE

SOPRANO, 23, NZ

Isabella has recently completed a Masters degree in Advanced Vocal Studies with Distinction, at the Wales International Academy of Voice. She gained a Bachelor of Music degree and Postgraduate Diploma (Voice Performance) from the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University. Isabella plans to participate in several major competitions in 2014-15 and hopes to continue her studies in Europe through joining a Young Artist Programme.

Isabella's opera work includes the lead role of Gulnara in II Corsaro (Verdi). She has taken part in MasterClasses with artists such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Richard Bonynge, and has attended the New Zealand Opera School summer programme.

Her achievements in recent years include winning numerous regional singing competitions across New Zealand: most recently the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Christchurch Aria competition and Hamilton Competition's Premier Vocal Award. Isabella was a Finalist in the 2014 ROSL Music Competition in London and is a Finalist for NZ's 2014 Lexus Song Quest.

Isabella loves Verdi and Massenet, of whom she says, 'I wish more of Massenet's operas were put on at opera houses these days'. She enjoys going to the gym, film, and travel.

  • Marianne Mathy Scholarship
    • ABC Classic FM Prize
    • Audition Prize from Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center
    • Editorial Resources Prize
    • Faye Franco Prize
    • Fine Music Recording Engagement
    • Lightbox Photography Award
    • Lili Ussher Prize
    • Oral History
    • The Mathy
  • David Harper Award
  • MOST® Audience Prize

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2014 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Anna Voshege

ANNA VOSHEGE

SOPRANO, 24, VIC

Anna is the recipient of various awards including Winner of the Australian Music Events’ Opera Scholar of the Year (2013) and Finalist in the 3MBS Young Performer of the Year Award (2013).

She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, has completed French and German language courses, and has taken part in masterclasses with artists such as Yvonne Kenny AM and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

Her performing experience includes as a Feature Artist on Channel 10 News Melbourne and on ABC Classic FM (2013), as a soprano soloist at the British and Irish Lions’ Official Tour Ball (2013) and as a Feature Soloist for Opera in the Market (2014).

Anna plans to continue her studies at the Konservatorium Wien, Austria, where she has been accepted to undertake a Masters of Solo Singing, which will involve the development of her language, movement and stagecraft skills, among others.

Anna enjoys travel, cooking, art and photography.

  • Bel Canto Voice Program Scholarship
  • Mozart Opera Institute Award
    • Nell Pascall Award

All Finalists Received
  • Zoe James Prize
  • Opera Australia Prize

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2013 FINALISTS

2013 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Hannah Dahlenburg

Hannah Dahlenburg

SOPRANO, 25, VIC

In addition to a Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree from the University of Melbourne, Hannah has received a number of accolades throughout her course of study, including scholarships from The Opera Studio Melbourne and the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust. She has performed with a number of choirs and ensembles, as well as having performed such operatic roles as Diana in Orpheus in the Underworld and La Messagiera in L’Orfeo.

In the near future Hannah will continue to develop all aspects of her career as a singer, studying languages, stagecraft and movement, and vocal and professional development in Australia and abroad.

  • Leverhulme Royal Northern College of Music Award
    • Clark & Associates Prize
    • Nell Pascall Award
  • Christine Leaves Award

2013 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Alexander Knight

Alexander Knight

BARITONE, 23, NSW

With a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance behind him, Alexander Knight is currently completing the second year of an Advanced Diploma of Opera at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. This course of study has given him the opportunity to improve technique, artistic interpretation, theatre skills and choreography. His recent performances include the role of Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas and the role of Uberto in La Serva Padrona.

Once he has completed his current qualification in Sydney Alexander plans to relocate to Berlin, where he hopes to study a Postgraduate Masters course at the Universität der Künst, before applying to the Young Artist Programmes in Berlin, Munich and Dresden.

  • Royal Over-Seas League Music Bursary
  • Nelly Apt Scholarship
  • Symphony Australia Young Vocalist Award
  • Boon Chocolates Prize

2013 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Edward Laurenson

Edward Laurenson

BARITONE, 24, NZ

Edward holds a variety of formal qualifications, from a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree from the University of Auckland to an ATCL and LTCL. He is currently an Emerging Artist with The Dame Malvina Major Foundation, and he has recently finished performing the lead role in New Zealand Opera’s production of Madame Butterfly. He has also performed several times in the Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus.

With a number of competitions under his belt, Edward is to perform in New Zealand Opera’s upcoming production of Don Giovanni. He is also preparing applications to a number of music colleges in London, where he plans to continue his course of study in 2014.

  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama Award
    • AOAC’s Sheila Prior Memorial Prize
    • Phoebe Patrick Award
  • David Harper Award

2013 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Jade Moffat

Jade Moffat

MEZZO SOPRANO, 23, QLD

After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in 2012, Jade joined Opera Queensland as a Developing Artist, where she further developed her repertoire, technique, stagecraft, movement and language. Her recent performances include the role of Tisbe in Cinderella and Mrs Nolan in The Medium, the latter of which took place at the International Arts Institute in Israel. In recent years she has also performed a number of oratorios at various engagements as an alto soloist.

Later this year Jade will head to the United Kingdom to audition for a number of courses throughout England and Scotland, such as The Royal Northern College of Music Masters Programme and The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, with the hope of moving to the UK in 2014 to study.

  • Marianne Mathy Scholarship
    • ABC Classic FM Prize
    • Lili Ussher Prize
    • Faye Franco Prize
    • Fine Music Recording Engagement
    • Lightbox Photography Award
    • Editorial Resources Prize
    • Oral History
    • The Mathy

2013 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Danita Weatherstone

Danita Weatherstone

SOPRANO, 23, NSW

Completing a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2012, Danita has now gone on to study a Postgraduate Diploma in Opera. She has performed with a variety of companies and ensembles, and her recent performances include the role of Second Lady in Dido and Aeneas and Yum-Yum in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado.

Once she has completed her current qualification, Danita plans to continue her study programme, first with private coaching in the areas of stagecraft and movement, languages, and voice and piano, followed by a Masters of Music in Opera at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2014. She is also looking abroad to reputable institutions in Europe and the USA, such as The Juilliard School.

  • Mozart Opera Institute Award
    • Armstrong-Martin Scholarship
  • Merenda Scholarship
  • Universal Music Australia Prize

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2012 FINALISTS

Thomas Atkins, Charlotte Betts-Dean, Anna Dowsley, Jeremy Kleeman, Tabatha McFadyen

2012 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Thomas Atkins

Thomas Atkins

TENOR, 22, NZ

Thomas found his talent at an early age, having sung in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir and the New Zealand Youth Choir. This talent led to him being offered a full scholarship to study a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Performance Voice at the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington.

Over the last couple of years Thomas has performed as the tenor soloist with The Bach Choir of Wellington and took on the role of Lysander in the New Zealand’s School of Music’s production of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Later this year Thomas will be appearing as the tenor soloist in a joint project with NZSO National Youth Orchestra and NZ Youth Choir, performing Tippett’s A Child of Our Time at the CBS Arena, Christchurch.

After continuing to involve himself in performances, competitions and postgraduate study, Thomas plans to travel to the UK to audition for a number of the top music schools.

  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama Award (including the Sheila Prior Prize donated by the Australian Opera Auditions Committe; and the Phoebe Patrick Award)
  • Vianden International Music Summer School Award
  • Zoe James Prize
  • Joe Bardetta Prize
  • Opera Australia Prize

2012 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Charlotte Betts-Dean

Charlotte Betts-Dean

MEZZO-SOPRANO, 22, VIC

Currently in her third year of a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne, Charlotte has excelled in all facets of her academic life to date and is a talented cellist. This is hardly surprising as she grew up in Berlin surrounded by the music of her father who played viola with the Berlin Philharmonic.

In 2000 Charlotte sang in Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the Gondwana Voices and the SSO at the Sydney Olympics concert and has never looked back. She is currently performing in de Falla's Master Peter's Puppet Show as ‘The Boy’ as part of the double bill, and will be performing as Octavian in excerpts of Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier at this year’s Gala Concert.

Charlotte plans to return to her roots in Berlin in order to further improve herself as a singer. There she will work with a number of singers and coaches who have agreed to assist her and she will audition and apply for summer schools or postgraduate programs across Europe and in the United States.

  • Universal Music Australia Prize
  • Zoe James Prize
  • Joe Bardetta Prize
  • Opera Australia Prize

2012 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Anna Dowsley

Anna Dowsley

MEZZO-SOPRANO, 25, NSW

Having undertaken voice performance study for the past seven years, Anna is currently in the final year of the Advanced Diploma of Opera at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. During her time there she has been involved in two Sydney Chamber Opera productions, has performed a range of operatic roles at the Conservatorium itself, and has been a guest soloist for numerous choirs and orchestras around the city.

Through her schooling Anna has accumulated a wide skill base including an advanced understanding of repertoire, style, history and vocal performance. She is also skilled at languages having studied Italian, French and German in Florence, Bordeaux and Berlin respectively.

In the near future Anna plans to study in the USA, currently at the forefront of opera tuition. While there she plans to audition for the programs and courses that she is interested in, The Juilliard School of Music being top of that list.

  • Marianne Mathy Scholarship ("The Mathy")
    • ABC Classic FM Prize
    • Lili Ussher Prize
    • Faye Franco Prize
    • 2 MBS-FM Recording Engagement
    • Lightbox Photography Prize
    • Editorial Resources Prize
    • Oral History
    • The Mathy Statue
  • Handa Prize
  • Symphony Australia Young Vocalist Award
  • Christine Leaves Award
  • Istituto Italiano di Cultura Award
  • Zoe James Prize
  • Joe Bardetta Prize
  • Opera Australia Prize

2012 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Jeremy Kleeman

Jeremy Kleeman

BASS-BARITONE, 21, VIC

After completing a Bachelor of Music at The Melbourne Conservatorium in 2009 Jeremy is now undertaking a Master of Music (Opera Performance) at the Conservatorium in partnership with Victorian Opera, covering roles and performing regularly for the company.

Jeremy showed an early talent for singing, becoming a member of The Australian Children’s Choir from 2001 to 2006. Now, in conjunction with his studies, he has taken on numerous roles – including Don Magnifico in Cenerentola School’s Production, Victoria Opera – as well as numerous solo performances over the years.

Jeremy plans to hone his skills over the next year or so before a planned trip to New York to audition and complete training with renowned teachers such as Rob Cowart, Milos Repicky and Marcy Lindheimer. Long term goals include auditioning for opera companies around Australia before realising his dream and singing the role of Mozart’s Figaro for The Metropolitan Opera.

  • Merenda Scholarship
  • David Harper Award
  • Zoe James Prize
  • Joe Bardetta Prize
  • Opera Australia Prize

2012 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Tabatha McFadyen

Tabatha McFadyen

SOPRANO, 22, QLD

Tabatha moved from NSW to Queensland in 2009 and completed a Bachelor of Music (Advanced Performance) with Honours at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.

Currently studying with Prof. Lisa Gasteen, Tabatha continues to improve her skills. This has been accompanied by many performances at the university including the role of Zerlina in Mozart’s Excerpts from Don Giovanni and Suor Genovieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica.

Tabatha plans to attend the Lisa Gasteen National Opera Summer School later this year before enrolling in a Master of Music (Research) at Griffith University in 2013. During this time she will continue her language studies and hopes to travel to Europe to immerse herself in the cultures and languages that have given rise to the art that she loves.

  • Nelly Apt Scholarship
  • Mozart Opera Institute Award (including the Woodward Family Prize and the Haas Award)
  • Zoe James Prize
  • Joe Bardetta Prize
  • Opera Australia Prize

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2011 FINALISTS

Naomi Johns, Emma Moore, Morgan Pearse, Gérard Schneider, Bryony Williams

2011 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Naomi Johns

Naomi Johns

SOPRANO, 25, NSW

Naomi studied Music Theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Edith Cowan University, before moving to Sydney in 2004.

Naomi's concert performances include Haydn's Die Schöpfung, broadcast on ABC Classic FM, Mozart's Requiem, J.S. Bach's Magnificat and Haydn's Missa in tempore belli. In 2010 Naomi was a guest soloist for Christmas at St Mary’s Cathedral, broadcast on ABC1. In 2011 she performed with Opera Australia in Macbeth, Lakmé, La Bohème andThe Pearl Fishers.

  • Mozart Opera Institute Award
  • Nelly Apt Scholarship
  • Woodward Family Prize

2011 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Emma Moore

Emma Moore

SOPRANO, 23, NSW

Emma is currently completing her postgraduate studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, having been awarded a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in 2009.

In late 2011 Emma will take up a position at the University of the Arts in Berlin on their Master of Opera Course. Her experience as a performer ranges across the art song, operatic and oratorio repertoires. Recent operatic roles include Dido in Dido and Aeneas; Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw and Eurydice in Les Malheurs d’Orphée. This September she will perform Sandrina in La Finta Giardinera for the Sydney Conservatorium Opera Studio.

  • Marianne Mathy Scholarship
    • ABC Classic FM Prize
    • Faye Franco Prize
    • 2 MBS-FM Recording Engagement
    • Lightbox Photography Prize
    • Editorial Resources Prize
    • Oral History
    • The Mathy Statue
    • Christine Leaves Award
  • Phillip & Myrtle Foster Memorial Award
  • Symphony Australia Young Vocalist Award

2011 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Morgan Pearse

Morgan Pearse

BASS-BARITONE, 22, NSW

Morgan has just completed his Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney.

Morgan’s opera credits include Dr. Cajus in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor; Garibaldo in Rodelinda; Mr. Gedge in Albert Herring; Merlin in King Arthur; Papageno in Die Zauberflöte; and Underground Man in Notes from Underground. Morgan has also worked as a soloist with various orchestras and choirs.

  • Handa Prize
  • Universal Music Australia Prize

2011 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Gérard Schneider

Gérard Schneider

TENOR, 23, WA

Gérard completed his musical studies at John Curtin College of the Arts.

Gérard sang Rodolfo in Co-Opera’s national tour of La Bohème, Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte and Don Basilio and Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro.

In 2012, Gérard will make his international debut in the role of Don Basilio in the Wiesbaden Festspiele production of The Marriage of Figaro.

  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama Award
  • Sheila Prior Australian Opera Auditions Committee (NSW) Prize
  • Phoebe Patrick Award
  • David Harper Award

2011 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Bryony Williams

Bryony Williams

SOPRANO, 22, NZ

Bryony graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance and is currently completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance and Voice.

Bryony has performed Ist Soloist in Alfred Hill's Life, a quintet for pianoforte, strings and eight voices recorded for Naxos. She has sung with New Zealand Opera in Macbeth and Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci. Bryony has recently played the role of Helena in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream and has performed the title role in Handel's Alcina with Wellington's Days Bay Opera to critical acclaim.

  • Royal Northern College of Music Award
  • Clark & Associates Prize
  • Nell Pascal Award
  • Merenda Prize
  • Istituto Italiano di Cultura Award

All Finalists received:

  • Royal Northern College of Music Award
  • Clark & Associates Prize
  • Nell Pascal Award
  • Merenda Prize
  • Istituto Italiano di Cultura Award

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2010 FINALISTS

Rachel Bate, Kiandra Howarth, Eleanor Lyons, Ryan Sharp, Kang Wang

2010 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Rachel Bate

Rachel Bate

SOPRANO, 25, NSW

Wollongong born Rachel Bate holds a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is currently studying for an Advanced Diploma in Opera. Winning 'The Mathy' has provided the funding for further study in New York.

  • Marianne Mathy Scholarship including
    ABC Classic FM Prize, 2MBS-FM Recording Engagement, Paul Gosney Photographic Award, Editorial Resources Prize, Oral History, The Mathy Statue, Foster Award, Christine Leaves Award

2010 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Kiandra Howarth

Kiandra Howarth

SOPRANO, 20, QLD

Kiandra is currently in her third year of study at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Joseph Ward OBE. She is also one of Opera Queensland's Developing Artists for 2010.

  • Handa Prize
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama Award
  • Mozart Opera Institute Award
  • ABC Symphony Australia Young Vocalist Award
  • Sheila Prior Australian Opera Auditions Committee (NSW) Prize
  • Phoebe Patrick Award
  • Woodward Family Prize

2010 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Eleanor Lyons

Eleanor Lyons

SOPRANO, 20, NSW

Eleanor holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from Sydney Conservatorium of Music and attended the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatoire, St. Petersburg, Russia. She has studied with Russian soprano Viktoriya Dodoka.

  • Royal Northern College of Music Award
  • Clark & Associates Prize
  • Nell Pascal Award

2010 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Ryan Sharp

Ryan Sharp

BASS-BARITONE, 24, WA

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Music (Voice) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), where he won the Helen Court Scholarship and is completing a postgraduate diploma in performance.

  • Anselmo Colzani Prize
  • Haas Award
  • David Harper Award

 


2010 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Finalist - Kang Wang

Kang Wang

TENOR, 22, NT

Kang was born in Harbin, China, to parents who are both opera singers. While he lives in the Northern Territory, since 2009 Kang has been studying in Queensland. He was invited to perform Nessun dorma from Turandot at the recent graduation ceremony held by Charles Darwin University.

  • Nelly Apt Scholarship
  • Clark & Associates Mentoring Prize
  • Universal Music Australia Prize

All Finalists received:

  • Lillie Chiropractic Award
  • Opera Australia Prize
  • Huntington Estate Wines (wine pack)
  • Lazy Tulip (flowers) 

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2009 FINALISTS

Hadleigh Adams, Jade Moffat, Sam Roberts-Smith, Samuel Sakker, Lachlan Scott

Hadleigh Adams

BARITONE, NZ


Jade Moffat

MEZZO-SOPRANO, QLD


Sam Roberts-Smith

BARITONE, NSW


Samuel Sakker

TENOR, NSW


Lachlan Scott

BASS, SA


 

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2008 FINALISTS

Nicole Car, Sky Ingram, Michael Lampard, Sitiveni Talei

Nicole Car

SOPRANO, VIC


Sky Ingram

SOPRANO, WA


Michael Lampard

BARITONE, TAS


Samuel Sakker

TENOR, NSW


Sitiveni Talei

BARITONE, ACT

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Past Finalists

2015 

Damian Arnold
Rebecca Gulinello
Jeremy Kleeman
Maximilian Riebl
Benson Wilson

2014 

Kate Amos
Samantha Clarke
Corrine Cowling
Isabella Moore
Anna Voshege

2013 

Hannah Dahlenburg
Alexander Knight
Edward Laurenson
Jade Moffat
Danita Weatherstone

 

2012 

Thomas Atkins
Charlotte Betts-Dean
Anna Dowsley
Jeremy Kleeman
Tabatha McFadyen

 

2011 
Naomi Johns
Emma Moore
Morgan Pearse
Gérard Schneider
Bryony Williams

 

2010 
Rachel Bate
Kiandra Howarth
Eleanor Lyons
Ryan Sharp
Kang Wang

 

2009 
Hadleigh Adams
Jade Moffat
Sam Robert-Smith
Samuel Sakker
Lachlan Scott

 

2008 
Nicole Car
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Michael Lampart
Sitiveni Talei

 

The Competition has been discovering young singers since 1982. We'll be updating additional Finalists over the coming months...come back soon!


The Mathy Statuette

 

'The Mathy'

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

Hand cast in solid bronze, 'The Mathy' stands 195mm tall (230mm including its base) and weighs in at just under 1kg.

'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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