“I am delighted to welcome you to the 2013 MasterClass. This is the fourth year that we have conducted a MasterClass. This gives the National Adjudicator an opportunity to interact with the Finalists. It’s a wonderful opportunity to listen and see how, in a relaxed atmosphere, the singer and Master can learn from each other. When we created the Competition in 1982, we wanted to build an atmosphere that encouraged the adjudicators and singers to communicate with each other. It wasn’t an eisteddfod, it was simply a chance to give the eminent members of the profession a chance to give back to the singers as part of the adjudication process.
Following the success of the MasterClass, we decided to also introduce a Workshop for all the Semi-Finalists. This year the Workshop is being led by our National Adjudicator Emma Matthews and will teach our singers how to walk on stage, how to stand and how to deliver the message of performing in front of an audience.
We hope that the Workshop, combined with the MasterClass, will be a resource for the young singers of Australia and will be an experience that they will cherish for the rest of their lives.”
Roland Gridiger, CEO Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd (MOST®)
The IFAC Australian Singing Competition has the privilege of having one of Australia's most highly-regarded sopranos as this year's National Adjudicator. We are also fortunate that Emma will be working with the 2013 Semi-Finalists in the 'Characterisation and Movement' Workshop.
Emma Matthews is a highly acclaimed and awarded coloratura soprano equally at home in operatic and concert repertoire. She has performed with all the Australian State Symphony orchestras, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Liaison, and at the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Huntington Festivals, with such conductors as Richard Bonynge, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Charles Mackerras, Marko Letonja and Yakov Kreizberg.
Photo (Bridget Elliot): Emma Matthews.
2013 MasterClass Programme
Featuring our 2013 Finalists in a public MasterClass with soprano Emma Matthews and accompanist David Harper.
Now in its fourth year, our MasterClass is the opportunity for 5 selected Finalists to receive one-on-one expert tuition from a seasoned professional performer.
Each singer will perform part of an aria and be mentored on text, technical and emotional aspects of their performance, technique and lyrical interpretation. The audience and fellow Finalists watch and listen as the Master works with one person at a time.
The MasterClass provides an intimate and unique opportunity to experience this most wonderful of art forms.
Approximately 2.5 hours.
Wednesday 11 September 7pm
Thursday 12 September 12 noon
Saturday 28 September 7pm
Winner of the Marianne Mathy Scholarship in 2010, Rachel was also in our first MasterClass held that same year. In this video Rachel shares her experience working with Lisa Gasteen and David Harper.