Friday, 12 October 2012
AUSTRALIAN SINGING COMPETITION SELECTS FIVE FINALIST FOR FINALS CONCERT AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Five superb young singers
Chosen to compete in the Finals Concert
Sydney Opera House
25 October 2012
With Guest Artist Nicole Car - 2012 Opera Awards Winner
Last night, Wednesday 10 October at the Independent Theatre, North Sydney, ten outstanding young opera and classical singers all aged under 26 years sang their hearts out to be chosen as one of five finalists who will compete in this year’s IFAC Australian Singing Competition – the richest competition for opera and classical singers in Australasia.
The finalists include 25 year old Mezzo Soprano Anna Dowsley from NSW; 21 year old Bass Baritone Jeremy Kleeman and 22 Mezzo Soprano Charlotte Betts-Dean from Victoria; 22 year old Soprano Tabatha McFadyen from Queensland and 22 year old Tenor, Thomas Atkins from New Zealand.
The five finalists will compete in the Finals Concert to be held at Sydney Opera House on THURSDAY 25 October accompanied by the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra to be conducted by Johannes Fritzsch with Guy Noble as Compere.
Scores of young singers from Australasia auditioned. The ten semi-finalists performed in front of a packed audience at the Independent Theatre and were judged by National Adjudicator Jeffrey Black who was joined by Peter Czornyj, Director of Artistic Planning, Sydney Symphony; Anthony Legge, Associate Music Director of Opera Australia and Michael Halliwell, Associate Professor of Vocal Studies & Opera at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Celebrating its 31st year the ASC has showcased 2,600 singers since 1982 who have competed for more than $2.8 million in prizes. In 2012 the ASC prize pool is valued at over $220,000. After winning the Australian Singing Competition, singers such as Rachelle Durkin, Amelia Farrugia, Stuart Skelton and Paul Whelan have all gone on to achieve national and international acclaim.
IFAC AUSTRALIAN SINGING COMPETITION FINALS CONCERT
Thursday 25 October 7pm
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House