Feb 25, 2019

The IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition

  • Crimson Education
  • Semi-finals in Sydney; applicants must be from Australia or NZ
Competition Workshop


The IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition is 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 opera and classical singers in Australasia. The Competition consists of a number of components and processes, including Heats, Semi-Finals and Finals. More recently a MasterClass and selected Workshops have been added.

Though many prizes and career opportunities now make up the Competition, the Marianne Mathy Scholarship remains the premier award in the Competition. The recipient of ‘The Mathy’ receives the Marianne Mathy Scholarship plus a selected suite of valuable cash prizes and opportunities.

Thousands of young singers from Australia and New Zealand have participated in the Competition and have had the benefit of being interviewed and heard by eminent professionals from the Australian and international singing and music fraternity. Many Competition participants have gone on to pursue successful careers in Australia and overseas.

For more information visit the official website here

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range




There is one winner and five finalists selected in the competition

Participation Cost


There is a non-refundable entry fee of $100 AUD; possible supplementary travel fees may also apply (transportation, lodging, food, etc)

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


Technical vocal training is reccomended but not required

Time Commitment


More time and travel required the further one progresses in the competition

Application Deadline

2020 Competition has been cancelled. 2021 dates TBA

Application Process Includes

Heats are held for eligible entrants around Australia, in New Zealand, and in London

The Semi-Finals will take place in Sydney. A new panel of Adjudicators will join the National Adjudicator.

Five Finalists will be selected from the Semi Finals to proceed to the next round. Finalists will need to make their way to Sydney for the Finals at their own expense and must ensure that they are able to attend all days of activity and adjudication.

Finalists perform two items each accompanied by the Opera Australia Orchestra. The Adjudication Panel will announce scholarships, awards and prizes at the conclusion of the concert. The recipient of the Marianne Mathy Scholarship, "The Mathy", will be named as the overall winner of the ASC.


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