Australian Singing Competition

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The Australian Singing Competition (ASC) evolved from the Marianne Mathy Scholarship, established in 1982 through a bequest made in the will of Marianne Mathy-Frisdane, a coloratura soprano opera singer and distinguished teacher of opera and classical singing.

The Marianne Mathy Scholarship and the ASC are designed for young opera and classical singers, under 26 years of age.

The Marianne Mathy Scholarship has come to be known by its participants and within its industry as The Mathy.

The winner of the Opera Awards (Australia) is acknowledged and invited to perform as a guest artist at the Finals Concert of the Australian Singing Competition.

Marianne Mathy Scholarship Winners (The Mathy)[edit]

Year Scholarship Winners Category National Adjudicator
1982 Nicola Waite soprano Stefan Haag
1983 Jeffrey Black baritone Stefan Haag
1984 Miriam Gormley soprano Nance Grant
1985 David Lemke baritone Douglas Craig
1986 Fiona Janes soprano Jenifer Eddy
1987 Paul Whelan bass Elizabeth Fretwell
1988 Joanna Cole soprano Ronald Maconaghie / Margreta Elkins
1989 Clare Gormley soprano Margreta Elkins
1990 Christina Wilson mezzo soprano Joseph Ward
1991 Stuart Skelton tenor Loh Siew-Tuan
1992 Jason Barry-Smith baritone Joseph Ward
1993 Amelia Farrugia soprano Myer Fredman
1994 David Quah tenor Joseph Ward
1995 Natalie Christie soprano Sharolyn Kimmorley
1996 Rebecca Nash soprano Patricia Price
1997 Alexandra Sherman soprano Eileen Hannan
1998 Goknur Shanal soprano Geoffrey Chard
1999 Janette Zilioli soprano Patricia Price
2000 Rachelle Durkin soprano Joseph Ward
2001 Rejielle Paulo soprano Robert Gard
2002 Katharine Tier mezzo soprano Gregory Yurisich
2003 Jessica Pratt soprano Marilyn Richardson
2004 Emma Pearson soprano Glenys Fowles
2005 Anita Watson soprano Glenn Winslade
2006 Duncan Rock baritone Fiona Janes
2007 Emily Blanch soprano Anson Austin
2008 Sitiveni Talei baritone Deborah Riedel
2009 Sam Roberts-Smith baritone Donald Shanks
2010 Rachel Bate[1][2] soprano Lisa Gasteen
2011 Emma Moore soprano Bernadette Cullen
2012 Anna Dowsley mezzo soprano Jeffrey Black
2013 Emma Matthews

The Australian Singing Competition is managed by Music & Opera Singers Trust Limited (MOST®).


  1. ^ Australian Voices mourn Joan's final song. The Australian, 15 October 2010
  2. ^ What a week for Rachel. University of Sydney, October 2010

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