Australian Singing Competition - Semi-Finalists

Marianne Mathy Scholarship
Semi-Finalists

2017 SEMI-FINALISTS

Damian Arnold
Livia Brash
Daniel Carison
Paull-Anthony Keightley
Jae Kwon Kim
Lauren Lodge-Campbell
Imogen-Faith Malfitano
Filipe Manu
Katherine McIndoe
Shikara Ringdahl
Natasha Wilson

 


2017 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Damian Arnold

DAMIAN ARNOLD

TENOR, 25, NSW

Damian is the proud recipient of the 2017 Eleanor Blakemore Opera Society Scholarship as part of the Melba Opera Trust. A finalist in the Australian Singing Competition, Damian also won the Wollongong Eisteddfod Aria and Cowra Eisteddfod Aria competitions. In 2015, he debuted with Opera Australia Schools Company in their adaptation of Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Other roles include Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart in Mozart and Salieri and the Tenor Lover in Il Tabarro. His concert experience includes Handel’s Messiah, Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass, Haydn’s Paukenmesse and Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, Damian most recently performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and attended the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School.

In 2017 Damian is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Meitar Opera Studio in Israel, including performing scenes from Pelléas et Mélisande.

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2017 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Livia Brash

LIVIA BRASH

SOPRANO, 25, NSW

Livia is a Young Artist with Pacific Opera. She holds a Masters of Music Studies (Opera) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she was the recipient of the Geoffrey Rothwell Scholarship and the Joan Bonamy Scholarship, studying under the tutelage of Maree Ryan AM.

Livia has performed as a soloist for diplomatic and vice-regal events, performing for General Sir Peter Cosgrove, Dame Quentin Bryce, Malcolm Turnbull, and ambassadors for the United States and Japan.

Her operatic credits have included Fiordiligi (Cosí fan tutte), Titania (The Fairy Queen), Eurydice (Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo), Nancy Waters (Albert Herring), La Maestra delle Novizie (Suor Angelica), as well as numerous roles in contemporary works. Livia will be the female soloist in Theodorakis’ Canto General at City Recital Hall and will perform the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni for Opera Hunter this year."

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2017 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Daniel Carison

DANIEL CARISON

BARITONE, 24, VIC

Lyric-baritone, Daniel Carison is one of Australia's most promising young singers. A graduate from The Conservatorium of Music Melbourne, Daniel is the winner of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Compeition and one of the inaugural winners of 3MBS’ The Talent. In 2017 Daniel is a third-time recipient of the Paulette Bisley and Ruskin Opera awards with the Melba Opera Trust. Some of his most celebrated performances include Schubert's Winterreise (2015) Schwanengesang (2016) and his live to air performance of Schumann's Dichterliebe (2014). Operatic credits include, Balthazar (The Play of Herod – Victorian Opera), Pandolfe (Cendrillon – Victorian Opera), The Mayor (The Pied Piper – Victorian Opera) and most recently his role and international debut as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with the Malaysian Philharmonic.

In 2017 Daniel will complete the final chapter of his Schubert trilogy with a number of performances of Schubert's Die Schöne Müllerin throughout Melbourne.

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2017 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Paul Keightley

PAULL-ANTHONY KEIGHTLEY

BASS BARITONE, 25, WA

Paull-Anthony made his principal debut with West Australian Opera (WAO) in Gianni Schicchi while he was the 2016 Wesfarmers Young Artist. He recently appeared as Sciarrone in company’s production of Tosca while continuing as a member of the Young Artist Programme.

Paull-Anthony’s other operatic credits include Leporello in Don Giovanni, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Frank in Die Fledermaus, Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Pasquale in Orlando Paladino and Don Andronico in Don Procopio.

Paull-Anthony Keightley is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

Upcoming engagements include Baritone soloist in Faure’s Requiem with WASO, Bass Soloist in Bach’s Cantata BWV. 147 with Perth Symphonic Chorus, Colline in La Bohème with Freeze Frame Opera and Zuniga in Carmen with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

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2017 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Jae Kwon Kim

JAE KWON (JOSEPH) KIM

BARITONE, 22, NSW

Jae (Joseph) is currently in his final year of the Bachelor of Music Performance (Classical Voice) course at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Jae has received multiple scholarships and awards including the Helens Myer Scholarship at the Con, and winning the “Rising Star Opera Award” and the “German Lied” sections from the Ryde Eisteddfod in 2016. Later this year, he will be a participant in having Master Classes with Dr. Graham Johnson, and Dennis O’Neill, at the WAAPA International Art Song Academy.

Jae has gained performance experience by participating in multiple Sydney Conservatorium Productions: as the Quartet’s Bass in English Eccentrics (2015), as a soloist in the Mass – A Theatre Piece (2015) at the Sydney Opera House, as Shylock/Father Time in The Passing Show of 2016 (2016) and understudying the role of Don Alfonso for Cosi fan tutte (2016).

Jae’s future plans include pursuing a Masters course in Australia/Europe next year, while auditioning for Young Artist Programmes and continuing to learn the Italian/German language.

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2017 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Lauren Lodge-Campbell

LAUREN LODGE-CAMPBELL

SOPRANO, 24, UK

Lauren Lodge-Campbell studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London with Janice Chapman and Yvonne Kenny. Lauren previously studied at the Queensland Conservatorium with Margaret Schindler.

Since moving to London, Lauren has won several prizes including the Cheltenham Bach Choir Competition, and the Susan Longfield Prize and the Franz Schubert Institut Lieder competition, both at the Guildhall School. The latter awarded her a full scholarship to study at the Franz Schubert Institut in Austria in summer 2016.

In 2016 Lauren made her Barbican Hall debut with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle in the role of the Princess in the world premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ opera The Hogboon.

A keen recitalist, Lauren is a member of the Guildhall Song Guild, directed by Graham Johnson. She has performed in recital at the Barbican Hall and the Wigmore Hall, and in masterclasses with such artists as Dame Emma Kirkby, Dame Felicity Lott and Elly Ameling.

Lauren is kindly supported by The Carpenters’ Company, the Kathleen Trust and the Australia Day Foundation UK Trust.

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2017 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Imogen—Faith Malfitano

IMOGEN-FAITH MALFITANO

SOPRANO, 24, NSW

Imogen – Faith Malfitano recently completed her Masters in Music Studies (Opera Performance) at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Here, she was awarded multiple scholarships, including the prestigious ESTIVO program in Italy and an Internship with Opera Australia.

In 2016, Imogen performed the soprano solo in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (SCM), was a finalist in The Opera Foundation’s Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship, Joan Sutherland Memorial Award and reserve finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship. She was also awarded an encouragement prize from the Bel Canto Foundation as well as the honour of singing in Maestro Richard Bonynge’s 2016 Masterclass.

Opera experience includes; Susannah (Floyd: Susannah), Titania (Purcell: The Fairy Queen), Mme Silberklang (Mozart: Der Schauspieldirektor), Miss Tylney Long (Williamson: English Eccentrics), and soloist (Bernstein: Mass) Sydney Opera House. Imogen has broadcast for Fine Music 102.5 and in 2015, was a featured soloist for the Sydney Mozart Society.

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2017 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Filipe Manu

FILIPE MANU

TENOR, 24, NZ

Filipe Manu holds a BMus and a PGDip with Distinction from the University of Waikato where he studied under the direction of Dame Malvina Major. A former Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with the New Zealand Opera Company, Filipe has achieved notable success in aria competitions nationally, a recent highlight being in the prestigious Lexus Song Quest and NZ Aria, in which he was placed 2nd for both. Alongside balancing a busy performance schedule across the country, Filipe works as a volunteer for the Duffy Foundation “Books in Schools” project and is honoured to be one of the inaugural singers in the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation Singers’ Development programme.

In September of this year, Filipe will commence studies at the Guildhall School of Music in London in the Opera Studies stream where he will learn from Yvonne Kenny.

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2017 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Katherine McIndoe

KATHERINE MCINDOE

SOPRANO, 23, NZ

Katherine holds a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in Classical Performance Voice from the New Zealand School of Music, where she studied under Jenny Wollerman and Richard Greager. She was a Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera for 2015/16, and is a member of the inaugural Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation Singer Development Programme.

She won the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Wellington Aria Competition in 2015, has performed with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra as a finalist in the New Zealand Aria Competition for the past three years, and has attended the New Zealand Opera School four times. She recently played Tatyana in Eugene Onegin for Days Bay Opera, and has been selected for the 2017 Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme at the Aldeburgh Festival in Suffolk.

In September, she will begin a Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, studying under Yvonne Kenny.

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2017 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Shikara Ringdahl

SHIKARA RINGDAHL

MEZZO SOPRANO, 25, QLD

Mezzo-soprano Shikara Ringdahl is a recent graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and holds a Bachelor of Music. During her time, there she performed in a range of operatic roles, the most notable being Mrs Herring in Britten’s Albert Herring, directed by Bruce Beresford in 2016.

Last year Shikara was selected to participate in the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School on the Cathryn Mittleheuser Full Scholarship. During this time, she was able to work with coaches and conductors from the Metropolitan Opera and Royal Opera House, as well as perform with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Shikara also co-founded the Revival House Project, an art song meets contemporary film project that fully crowd funded a tour to Vienna, Berlin, and Munich, to work with esteemed coaches from opera houses such as the Wiener Staatsoper. She will be performing Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder later this year as part of this project.

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2017 Marianne Mathy Scholarship Semi-Finalist - Natasha Wilson

NATASHA WILSON

SOPRANO, 23, NZ

Natasha Wilson was born and raised in Auckland, and is of Maori and European heritage. Natasha studied at the University of Auckland, graduating with a MusB (Hons) majoring in classical vocal performance with first class honours in 2016.

Natasha made her professional debut with New Zealand Opera in 2017, as a member of the company for their touring production of The Mikado. Natasha was involved in workshops of Tim Finn's upcoming opera, Star Navigator, in the role of Purea, also through NZ Opera. Other operatic roles include Ilia: Idomeneo (University of Auckland, ‘Opera Scenes’, 2015), Belinda: Dido and Aeneas, Rusalka: Rusalka (University of Auckland, ‘Opera Scenes’, 2016).

Natasha is making her professional, international debut with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, performing as the Soprano soloist in their ‘Spanish Baroque’ concert series in May this year.

Natasha enjoys the support of the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation as member of their ‘Kiri programme’, a mentoring programme initiated by the foundation to foster the next generation of New Zealand's operatic voices.

Natasha is enjoying the challenges of being a young professional singer and looks forward to developing her career in Australia throughout 2017 and in the future.

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PAST SEMI-FINALISTS

 

2016 SEMI-FINALISTS

Sarah Ampil, Morgan Balfour, Anastasia Bickel, Eliza Boom, Fleuranne Brockway, Jarvis Dams, Zoe Drummond, Frederick, Jones, Nicholas Tolputt, Sarah Wang

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

2016 
Sarah Ampil, Morgan Balfour, Anastasia Bickel, Eliza Boom, Fleuranne Brockway, Jarvis Dams, Zoe Drummond, Frederick Jones, Nicholas Tolputt, Sarah Wang

 

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

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