Five gifted singers have progressed to the final round of the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition. They are tenor Damian Arnold, 25 from NSW, bass-baritone Paull-Anthony Keightley, 25 from Perth, tenor Filipe Manu, 24, from New Zealand, baritone Daniel Carison, 24 from Victoria and mezzo- soprano Shikara Ringdahl, 25 from Brisbane.
Competing for over $200,000 in prizes and career opportunities and the chance to take home the Marianne Mathy Scholarship, these rising stars will deliver fine classical singing from lieder to opera as each contender sings two pieces accompanied by the Opera Australia Orchestra with guest conductor Maestro Nicholas Milton AM.
The final five were selected from eleven impressive young singers who competed in the semi-finals concert after heats that were held around Australia, in New Zealand and in London.
Accompanied by David Harper, the singers were adjudicated by a panel comprising National Adjudicator Catrin Johnsson, Tahu Matheson, Emma Matthews, Raff Wilson and Narelle Yeo.