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 ASC rules and repertoire requirements are designed for young opera and classical singers, under 26 years of age. The competition is now recognised as one of the longest-running events of its kind, offering a range of scholarships, prizes, career and network opportunities, which also make the competition one of the richest in terms of financial and career opportunities available to recipients. Since 1982 the premier award of the competition has been the Marianne Mathy Scholarship, known by its participants and within its industry as "The Mathy".

Since 1998 the final concert of the competition has taken place in various capital cities around Australia, featuring many prominent conductors and some of Australia's leading orchestras.

The competition has had the patronage of several Governor-Generals of Australia, most recently David Hurley AC DSC (Retd). In 2014 the ASC formally welcomed Haruhisa Handa as patron of the renamed IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition in recognition of his ongoing sponsorship and support, both personally and as chairman of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture (IFAC).

The winner of the Opera Awards (Australia) is acknowledged and invited to perform as a guest artist at the finals concert of the IFAC Handa 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 Eilene 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 Jade Moffat soprano Emma Matthews
2014 Isabella Moore soprano Jeffrey Black
2015 Maximilian Riebl countertenor Linnhe Robertson
2016 Nicholas Tolput[3] countertenor Lyndon Terracini
2017 Filipe Manu tenor Catrin Johnsson
2018 Zoe Drummond[4] soprano Linnhe Robertson
2019 Manase Latu[5] tenor Noëmi Nadelmann
2020 The regular competition was replaced for the year 2020 by ASC@Home in which singers submitted entries that had been recorded at home. The judges selected winners in four categories: classical and opera, musical theatre, contemporary (rock and pop), and jazz. Winners received a prize of US$1000.[6]
2021 not held[7]
2022 Jeremy Boulton[8] baritone Graham Pushee

The IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition is managed by Music & Opera Singers Trust Limited.


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