Australian Singing Competition - 2014 MasterClass Programme

2014 MasterClass Programme

Chairman's Message

MOST Chairman - Roland Gridiger

Roland Gridiger

“I am delighted to welcome you to the 2014 MasterClass. This is the fifth 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 first MasterClass in 2010, we decided to continue the MasterClass as a resource for the young singers. We trust it will be an experience that they will cherish for the rest of their lives.”

Roland Gridiger, CEO Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd (MOST®)

2014 'Master'

2014 Master - Jeffrey Black

Jeffrey Black

Brisbane-born baritone Jeffrey Black began his career in 1984 when, at the age of twenty-one, he joined The Australian Opera as a principal artist singing roles which included Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette, Schaunard in La bohème, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Dr Falke in Die Fledermaus, Dandini in La Cenerentola and Ottone in Goran Jarvefelt’s new production of L’lncoronazione di Poppea.

Jeffrey Black made his European debut in 1986 as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos in Monte Carlo and his British debut the same year at the Glyndebourne Festival as Sid in Albert Herring, where he has subsequently returned for Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1989) and the Count - in both Capriccio (1990) and Le nozze di Figaro (1991). At the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, he has appeared as Harlekin, Sid, Figaro (II barbiere), Dandini, the Count de Nevers in Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots and the Count (Figaro). Jeffrey made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, with Figaro (II barbiere) in 1995 and returned in 1997 to sing the Count (Figaro).

In summer 2010, Jeffrey performed the baritone role of Gianciotto in Zandonai’s opera Francesca da Rimini for Opera Holland Park. Recent engagements include his role debut as Pizzaro in Fidelio for New London Opera Players followed by Scarpia in Tosca as well as his role debut as Telramund in Lohengrin in 2014.

For the last ten years Jeffrey has had a thriving teaching practice in his private studio in southwest London. Additionally for the last six years he has been a part time lecturer in voice and performance studies as part of the Music Faculty at Kingston University, London.


Photo (Bridget Elliot). Emma Matthews


2012 IFAC ASC Semi-Finals Accompanist - David Harper

David Harper

Born and raised in New Zealand but based in the UK for the last forty years, David has earned a glowi reputation worldwide for his accompanying and vocal coaching skills. His clientele includes various distinguished international singers – many of whom also frequently invite him to collaborate in recital at prestigious international venues, as well as students and young aspiring professionals from all points of the globe.

Over the last decade David has often returned to Australasia, establishing a prominent professional profile here to complement his northern hemisphere activities. Biennial visits enable him to fulfil a variety of commitments including intermittent guest coaching periods with Opera Australia, tutorships at Summer Singing Schools, song recital engagements, and regular private vocal coaching stints in numerous locations.

David is proud to maintain his longstanding association with the IFAC Australian Singing Competition as accompanist and prize donor.


Photo, top of page (Lindsay Kearney): 2011 MasterClass. (L-R) David Harper, Charlotte Betts-Dean, Jeffrey Black

2014 MasterClass Programme

Download PDF 2014 Programme

Five Finalists

Featuring our 2014 Finalists in a public MasterClass with baritone Jeffrey Black and accompanist David Harper.

Now in its fifth year, our MasterClass is the opportunity for the five 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 window of experience into this most wonderful of artforms.

Approximately 2.5 hours.

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Semi-Finals Concert

Wednesday 30 July 7:00pm
Theatre, The Concourse
Cnr Victoria Avenue and Anderson Street
Chatswood NSW 2067


Thursday 31 July 1:30pm
Theatre, The Concourse
Cnr Victoria Avenue and Anderson Street
Chatswood NSW 2067

Finals Concert

Saturday 30 August 7:00pm
(pre-concert talk 6:00pm)
Verbrugghen Hall
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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Rachel shares her experience working with Lisa Gasteen and David Harper.

Rachel Bate, Soprano

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. 

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