In 2014 we formally welcome Dr Haruhisa Handa as Patron of the IFAC Australian Singing Competition, gratefully acknowledging his ongoing sponsorship and support both personally and as Chairman of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture (IFAC).
Dr Handa is well-known to Australian lovers of opera through his generous support of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour (HOSH) .
Internationally renowned baritone Jeffrey Black began his career in 1984 when, at the age of twenty-one, he joined The Australian Opera as a principal artist.
This year is a very special year for the Competition – not only will we be treated to some of the world's most beautiful music, but a little extra 'glamour' is being woven into our Finals Concert preparations.
We're delighted to have the internationally respected conductor Johannes Fritzsch lead the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra (AOBO).
To celebrate the 150th birthday of composer Richard Strauss the evening will feature a special pre-concert talk by Maestro Fritzsch and during the concert special performances of Béatrice et Bénédict (Berlioz) and Der Rosenkavalier Suite (Strauss) with the AOBO.
The Finals Concert will be 'the place to be' in Sydney on the night, with a number of special guests from overseas and a 'Who's Who' of industry personalities... both well-known and behind-the-scenes. It's everyone's chance to 'mingle with the stars' at the pre-concert talk, the interval.... and the special After-Party...
Of course, the real stars of the evening are our 5 Finalists, following their selection from Heats around the country and in London – and Semi-Finals held recently at The Concourse in Chatwood.
Kate Amos soprano, Victoria
Samantha Clarke soprano Western Australia
Corinne Cowling soprano Western Australia
Isabella Moore soprano New Zealand
Anna Vohsege soprano Victoria
Our audience can expect some wonderful performances from some of our favourite composers – Bellini, Bernstein, Charpentier, Donizetti, Handel, Mozart, Verdi... and of course, Richard Strauss.
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2014 Finals Concert
Saturday 30 August 2014
(special pre-concert talk at 6:00pm)
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
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