Monday, 29 October 2012


On Thursday 25 October 2012 at the Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House, ANNA DOWSLEY, a 25 year old Mezzo Soprano from Ashfield, NSW was announced as the 2012 Australian Singing Competition winner.  Anna was awarded the Marianne Mathy Scholarship presented to her by internationally acclaimed opera singer Jeffrey Black. 

Since 1982, the Marianne Mathy Scholarship has been the premier award in Australia’s richest singing competition, awarded to young opera and classical singers under the age of 26.  The Scholarship consists of a cash prize of $30,000 to assist with a program of study and/or singing activity.  The Scholarship also provides a studio recording with ABC Classic FM, a recording engagement with Fine Music, Photographic Award, Editorial Resources prize, oral history prize plus a limited edition Drago Cherina sculpture presented by Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd.

Anna sang beautifully and demonstrated poise, professionalism and ability to rise to the occasion.  She was one of five finalists competing against Thomas Atkins, Charlotte Betts-Dean, Jeremy Kleeman and Tabatha McFadyen who must also be congratulated on their high standard of performance, impressing the adjudicators and audience alike.

The sponsor of the ASC, International Foundation for Arts and Culture (IFAC) presented the Handa Prize.  This exciting prize includes an audition in Tokyo in 2013 and was also awarded to Anna Dowsley.  If Anna is successful she will receive a professional engagement in Tokyo.  Total package is valued at $25,000. 

Prizes valued at over $200,000 were awarded at the Concert.  The five finalists were accompanied by the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra conducted by Johannes Fritzsch.  Guest Artist was 2012 Opera Awards Winner Nicole Car.

The unenviable task of choosing the winner was undertaken by National Adjudicator Jeffrey Black and fellow judges Conal Coad, Dobbs Franks, Michael Halliwell, Huw Humphreys, Yoshinobu Kuribayashi and Anthony Legge.

Anna Dowsley
Anna has been studying voice performance for seven years at the Sydney Conservatorium. After completing a Bachelor of Music, she is now in her final year of the Advanced Diploma of Opera.
Anna has performed at a range of different venues around Sydney including Angel Place Recital Hall and Sydney Town Hall. She sings as guest soloist for a number of choirs and orchestras around Sydney and has been involved in two Sydney Chamber Opera productions and performed a range of operatic roles at the Sydney Conservatorium.