Australian Singing Competition - 2015 MasterClass Programme

2015 MasterClass Programme

Chairman's Message

MOST Chairman - Roland Gridiger

Roland Gridiger 

"Welcome to the 2015 MasterClass. The MasterClass is an initiative that was pioneered in 2010 to provide the 5 Finalists an enriching and unforgettable experience with our National Adjudicator. In working with Linnhe Robertson each singer will receive the benefit of her wisdom gleaned from many decades as a performer and vocal coach. 

For you, the members of the audience, I trust that today will be a highlight of the long journey to the Finals concert – indeed, following these singers from the Semi Finals, to the MasterClass and then on to the Finals will give you a taste of the impact each will make on the operatic stage. 

I look forward to greeting you at the Finals on 3 October 2015 at the Concourse Theatre Chatswood.”  

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

2015 'Master'

2015 Master - Linnhe Robertson

Linnhe Robertson

Linnhe Robertson has worked extensively in the major music centres throughout the world as a vocal coach, repetiteur, accompanist and harpsichordist. Her career began on the music staff of the Australian Opera. After a period of study in Germany in Lied Accompaniment, Linnhe remained there working as a vocal accompanist and as assistant to vocal Professor Kaiser-Breme at the Bayreuth International Wagner Festival. With her move to Great Britain, Linnhe changed music direction and pursued a high profile career as a harpsichordist throughout the UK and Europe. She performed and recorded as the resident harpsichordist with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and with other notable early music ensembles, such as the English Baroque Soloists under John Eliot Gardiner. During this period, she also worked as repetiteur with the English National Opera under the Music Directorship of Mark Elder. 

In 1989 Linnhe was invited to take up the position as Head of Music and Director of the Young Artists' Programme at the Victoria State Opera based in Melbourne Australia, a position which continued with the merger of that company and the Sydney-based national company (renamed Opera Australia). Through the success of her work with the training and development of young opera singers, Linnhe was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1993, which she used for further research into varying worldwide training systems for young singers. 

On returning to the UK in 1999, Linnhe completed a Masters degree in Arts Management at City University, London. After a period of working in London as an artists' manager with a London-based artists' agency, and as General Manager of a contemporary classical music ensemble, she was offered the position in 2002 as Deputy Head of Vocal Studies and subsequently Head of Vocal Studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama until 2013. She now has the role of ‘Artistic and Research Consultant for Opera & Voice’ at the Guildhall School. Linnhe also coaches the Jette Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.

Linnhe continues to give masterclasses and performs regularly as recital accompanist with singers throughout Great Britain and Europe.




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 glowing 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.


2015 MasterClass Programme


Featuring our 2015 Finalists in a public MasterClass with Linnhe Robertson and accompanist David Harper.

Approximately 2.5 hours.


Now in its sixth year, our MasterClass is an 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 window of experience into this most wonderful of artforms.


Find Out More


Semi-Finals Concert

Sunday 30 August 4:30pm
The Independent Theatre
269 Miller Street 
North Sydney


Monday 31 August 1:00pm
The Opera Centre
480 Elizabeth Street
Surry Hills

Finals Concert

Saturday 3 October 7:00pm
Concert Hall
The Concourse Theatre

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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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