Australian Singing Competition - Semi-Finalists

Marianne Mathy Scholarship
Semi-Finalists

2016 SEMI-FINALISTS

2016 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Sarah Ampil

SARAH AMPIL

SOPRANO, 25, NSW

Sarah has a Graduate Diploma in Music (Opera Performance) and Master of Music Studies (Performance) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney.

In 2016 Sarah was named a Pacific Opera Young Artist. She was one of only three recipients of the 2015 Sydney Opera House Opera Award which granted her the opportunity to participate in the Renée Fleming Masterclass. That same year Sarah was the runner up of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Competition and winner of the Lieder section at the Hawkesbury Eisteddfod.

Sarah has gained extensive performance experience and her recent roles include Miss Tylney Long in English Eccentrics at the Con and she performed as a soloist in the MASS: A Theatre Piece at the Sydney Opera House.

In the future Sarah hopes to audition for Young Artist Programmes in the United States and Europe while continuing her training in the key European languages.

  • Running Bare Prize
  • Lana Woolf Prize
  • Betteru Prize

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2016 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Morgan Balfour

MORGAN BALFOUR

SOPRANO, 23, NSW

Morgan holds a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance in Classical Voice from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Over the course of her singing career she has been awarded many scholarships and prizes including the 2015 Amelia Joscelyne Memorial Scholarship from the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust. Morgan was a Finalist in the 2015 Bel Canto Award and 2015 Lady Fairfax Scholarship among several other major competitions. Also in 2015 she was awarded a Hawaii Performing Arts Festival Professional Fellowship.

She has most recently performed in Purcell’s King Arthur and as a soloist in the Vivaldi’s Gloria both at the 2016 Brisbane Baroque Festival. She has worked with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Antipodes and Queensland Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra. Morgan has also appeared at a host of chamber music events including the Port Fairy Music Festival and later in 2016 will be appearing at the Coriole Music Festival.

Morgan has been invited to audition for several graduate programmes in the USA and hopes to commence those studies late in 2016.

  • Running Bare Prize
  • Betteru Prize

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2016 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Anastasia Bickel

ANASTASIA BICKEL

MEZZO SOPRANO, 25, QLD

In 2015, Anastasia completed the final year of her Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice) at the Queensland Conservatorium, and graduated with straight High Distinctions in both languages and voice. Anastasia is an accomplished linguist listing German, French, Italian and Russian in her catalogue of spoken languages.

She was a Semi-Finalist in the 2015 Australian Singing Competition where she won the inaugural Judith Ward Lieder Scholarship. Also in 2015, Anastasia expanded her performance experience appearing as “Hansel” in Michael Gow’s Hansel and Gretel and as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah for the Queensland Bach Society. Upcoming roles include “Florence Pike” in Albert Herring directed by Bruce Beresford and appearances as a soloist at the 2016 Brisbane Baroque Festival.

Anastasia is currently enrolled in a Certificate of Music Studies in Opera at the Queensland Conservatorium and plans to continue post-graduate studies during 2016 and 2017 before auditioning for Young Artist Programmes in Europe.

  • Radzyminski Family Prize
  • Running Bare Prize
  • Betteru Prize

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2016 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Eliza Boom

ELIZA BOOM

SOPRANO, 22, NZ

Eliza is currently completing a Post-Graduate Certificate in Opera Studies at the University of Waikato. In 2015 she obtained a Bachelor of Music with 1st Class Honours also from the University of Waikato.

Eliza was the winner of the 2016 Dame Sister Mary Leo Scholarship at the NZ Opera School. In 2015 she was the winner of both the Dunedin Aria Competition and the Te Awamutu Aria Competition. In that same year Eliza played “Leatitia” in The Old Maid and the Thief and in 2016 appeared as the “Countess” in Le Nozze di Figaro both at the University of Waikato.

Later this year Eliza will be taking part in the inaugural Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Singers’ Development Programme and plans to audition for NZ Opera’s Emerging Artists Programme. She also hopes to apply for various Masters Programmes in both America and Europe for commencement mid-2017.

  • Lisa Gasteen National Opera School Prize
  • Running Bare Prize
  • Betteru Prize

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2016 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Fleuranne Brockway

FLEURANNE BROCKWAY

MEZZO SOPRANO, 24, WA

Fleuranne holds a Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance) from the University of Western Australia.

She is a 2016 Developing Artist with Victorian Opera and over the course of her singing career has won several prizes and scholarships including the 2014 Prichard Panizza Award and the 2014 Wagner Society of Western Australia Scholarship.

She has performed several roles including Pitti-Sing in ICW Productions’ The Mikado and has appeared as a soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Fleuranne has also appeared in the chorus with West Australian Opera in many productions, most recently in Faust in 2015.

Fleuranne’s future plans include pursuing a Masters in Europe or America while she continues intensive language coaching in French, Italian and German.

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2016 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Jarvis Dams

JARVIS DAMS

BARITONE, 25, NZ

Jarvis Dams has a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Music with Honours from the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand.

From 2014-2015 he was a Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera.

In 2016 Jarvis has performed extensively with New Zealand Opera, performing in Tosca, Madama Butterfly and La Cennerentola. He has worked with Haken Hagegard and Renée Fleming in Masterclasses held in 2015 and 2016 respectively. He also secured several excellent roles at the 2013 Astoria Music Festival in Oregon, USA. Upcoming engagements include a role in The Magic Flute and chorus work for Nixon in China and Otello all with New Zealand Opera.

Jarvis hopes to pursue a Masters in Europe or the United States in 2016/17.

  • Running Bare Prize
  • Sydney Photography Tours Prize
  • Betteru Prize

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2016 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Zoe Drummond

ZOE DRUMMOND

SOPRANO, 23, NSW

Zoe has a Bachelor of Music Performance (Voice) with 1st Class Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney.

In 2016 Zoe was named a Melba Opera Trust Scholar and was the recipient of the Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship and Patrick & Vivian Gordon Award. Zoe has considerable performance experience, most recently appearing with Opera Prometheus as “Son” in Monsoon and as “Monica” in The Medium. She has also worked as a soloist with various companies including the Sydney Philharmonia Choir and Orchestra.

Zoe’s goals include the completion of a Masters at Die Universität der Künste in Berlin as well as auditioning for Young Artist Programmes and Opera Studios.

  • AOAC Judith Ward Lieder Scholarship
  • Running Bare Prize
  • Betteru Prize

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2016 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Frederick Jones

FREDERICK JONES

TENOR, 24, NZ

Frederick is currently completing a Masters in Advanced Vocal Technique at the Wales International Academy of Voice. He previously obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Operatic Performance with Distinction, and a Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance (Voice) both from the Te Koki New Zealand School of Music.

His most recent engagement was in Day’s Bay Opera’s production of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and he has appeared as a soloist in various productions including Ainadamar with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in the 2014 New Zealand Festival and Il corsaro for the New Zealand School of Music.

Later this year and upon completing his studies Frederick hopes to attend the National Opera Studio or another of the prestigious programmes on offer in the UK.

  • Tinkler Encouragement Award
  • Running Bare Prize
  • Betteru Prize

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2015 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Benson Wilson

NICHOLAS TOLPUTT

COUNTER TENOR, 25, NSW

Originally from Tasmania but based in Sydney, Nicholas has a Bachelor of Music (Voice) from the University of Melbourne.

Nicholas is the 2016 Wright-Smith Scholar with the Melba Opera Trust and a 2016 Young Artist with Pacific Opera. His most recent engagements were in the 2016 Brisbane Baroque Festival, where he was invited to perform for the third year in a row. He has also performed in the 2013 and 2014 Hobart Baroque festivals, where he appeared in solo recitals and understudied the role of “Medoro” in the festival’s centrepiece opera, Orlando. Nicholas has also extensive experience as a concert and oratorio singer.

In the future Nicholas hopes to pursue a Masters degree from a university in Europe or Scandinavia before auditioning for major international companies.

  • Istituto Italiano Di Cultura Award
  • Running Bare Prize
  • Betteru Prize

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2016 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Sarah Wang

SARAH WANG

SOPRANO, 24, NSW

Sarah has a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney.

Sarah was a Young Artist with Pacific Opera in 2015 and also attended the 2015 ESTIVO European Chamber Music Summer School. In 2014 Sarah was the winner of the Sydney Eisteddfod Joan Sutherland Memorial Senior Vocal Scholarship (21-25). Sarah has performed roles such as “Fox” in The Cunning Little Vixen and “Papagena” in The Magic Flute both for Pacific Opera and was “Barbarina” in The Marriage of Figaro for Opera New England.

At the end of 2016, Sarah plans to conduct a study, coaching and audition tour in Europe before commencing her Masters degree either here or overseas.

  • Running Bare Prize
  • Betteru Prize

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PAST SEMI-FINALISTS

 

2015 SEMI-FINALISTS

Damian Arnold, Anastasia Bickel, Rebecca Gulinello, Annika Hinrichs, Phoebe-Celeste Humphreys, Jeremy Kleeman, Tabatha McFadyen, Katherine McIndoe, Maximilian Riebl, Benson Wilson

2014 SEMI-FINALISTS

Kate Amos, Jessica Boyd, Samantha Clarke, Corinne Cowling, Jessica Harper, Iain Henderson, Amy Manford, Isabella Moore, Cristina Russo, Joel Scott, Anna Voshege

2013 SEMI-FINALISTS

Bianca Andrew, Anastasia Bickel, Hannah Dahlenburg, Alexander Knight, Edward Laurenson, Jade Moffat, Brenton Spiteri, Janet Todd, Danita Weatherstone, Carmen Young

2012 SEMI-FINALISTS

Thomas Atkins, Charlotte Betts-Dean, Amy Corkery, Anna Dowsley, Jeremy Kleeman, Alexander Knight, Jenny Lui, Tabatha McFadyen, Kathryn Radcliffe, Daniel Todd

2011 SEMI-FINALISTS

Claire Candy, Caitlin Cassidy, Olivia Cranwell, Naomi Johns, Emma Moore, Joanna Norman, Morgan Pearse, Gérard Schneider, Erika Simons, Bryony Williams

2010 SEMI-FINALISTS

Rachel Bate, Simon Gilkes, Sarah Guilmartin, Kiandra Howarth, Naomi Johns, Eleanor Lyons, Erin Patrick, Morgan Pearse, Ryan Sharp, Kang Wang

2009 FINALISTS

Hadleigh Adams, Stacey Alleaume, Angela Edwards, Louise Fenbury, Panayiota Kalatzis, Stuart Laing, Jade Moffat, Sam Roberts-Smith, Samuel Sakker, Lachlan Scott

2008 FINALISTS

Jennifer Barrington, Nicole Car, Angela Edwards, Sky Ingram, Celeste Haworth, Michael Lampard, Eleanor Lyons, Sam Roberts-Smith, Sitiveni Talei, Thomas Wood

Past Semi-Finalists

2015 
Damian Arnold, Anastasia Bickel, Rebecca Gulinello, Annika Hinrichs, Phoebe-Celeste Humphreys, Jeremy Kleeman, Tabatha McFadyen, Katherine McIndoe, Maximilian Riebl, Benson Wilson

 

2014 
Kate Amos, Jessica Boyd, Samantha Clarke, Corinne Cowling, Jessica Harper, Iain Henderson, Amy Manford, Isabella Moore, Cristina Russo, Joel Scott, Anna Voshege

 

2013 
Bianca Andrew, Anastasia Bickel, Hannah Dahlenburg, Alexander Knight, Edward Laurenson, Jade Moffat, Brenton Spiteri, Janet Todd, Danita Weatherstone, Carmen Young

 

2012 
Thomas Atkins, Charlotte Betts-Dean, Amy Corkery, Anna Dowsley, Jeremy Kleeman, Alexander Knight, Jenny Lui, Tabatha McFadyen, Kathryn Radcliffe, Daniel Todd

 

2011 
Claire Candy, Caitlin Cassidy, Olivia Cranwell, Naomi Johns, Emma Moore, Joanna Norman, Morgan Pearse, Gérard Schneider, Erika Simons, Bryony Williams

 

2010 
Rachel Blate, Simon Gilkes, Sarah Guilmartin, Kiandra Howarth, Naomi Johns, Eleanor Lyons, Erin Patrick, Morgan Pearse, Ryan Sharp, Kang Wang

 

2009 
Hadleigh Adams, Stacy Alleaume, Angela Edwards, Louise Fenbury, Panaylota Kalatzis, Stuart Laing, Jade Moffat, Sam Roberts-Smith, Samuel Sakker, Lachlan Scott

 

2008 
Jennifer Barrington, Nicole Car, Angela Edwards, Sky Ingram, Celeste Haworth, Michael Lampard, Eleanor Lyons, Sam Roberts-Smith, Sitiveni Talei, Thomas Wood

 

Semi-Finalists for other years back to 1982 are being added. Come back soon.


The Mathy Statuette

 

The Mathy

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