September 2015 Newsletter

September 2015 Newsletter

25 September 2015

Dear Friends

We have brilliant news, a huge congratulations are due to Eliza Boom and Isabella Moore for their excellent achievements.  

Eliza Boom has won the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Dunedin Aria finals. She beat five other singers by performing the arias Si, mi chiamano Mimi, by composer Giacomo Puccini, and I Capuleti e i Montecchi, by composer Vincenzo Bellini.

Isabella Moore has won the 2015 Joan Sutherland Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award in Sydney.

Here are the dates for our delightful upcoming events:

  • Sunday 11 October 2015 at 5:00 pm for 5:30 pm

A concert with Eliza Boom, Benson Wilson, Milla Dickens and Lewis Francis

  • Tuesday 27 October 2015 at 6:00 pm for 6:30 pm

A Masterclass with Martin Snell

  • Sunday 29 November 2015 at 5:00 pm for 5:30 pm

A concert with Wade Kernot and Emma Pearson

We apologise for changing the date of the Masterclass with Martin Snell. The new date will be Tuesday 27 October at 6:00pm for 6:30pm (originally Sunday 1st November) and we would be delighted if you are able to attend. It will be a magnificent evening that I am sure you will all enjoy. If you have already purchased tickets for the event and are unable to attend on this date, please do not hesitate to contact Helen. We do hope this does not cause any inconvenience.

We hope to see you at one of our Soirees soon.

Newsletter July 15

Newsletter July 15

21 July 2015

Dear Friends

We are apologising for changing our usual recital evening from a Sunday afternoon to early Monday evening. We do hope this does not cause any inconvenience. We are giving you plenty of notice, so pop it in your diary now. Monday 07 September 2015 at 6:00pm.

Bianca Andrew is back in New Zealand for her European summer break. She has been in great demand for this period and did not have a Sunday left before she returns to London.

We did not want you all to miss out on this extremely talented and charming young artist. She is following in the footsteps of Tom Atkins who is just finishing his year as a full Scholarship Awardee on the Guildhall Opera Studies programme. Incidentally, Tom went on to win the prestigious Gold Medal award and become one of the “hottest’ young singers in London as a result.

Bianca is also an awardee of the Guildhall Opera Studies programme for 2016/17. She indeed is worthy of such an aware being intellectually and musically extraordinary with a lovely mezzo sound. We urge you not to miss this recital. Also moving on a couple of months, our own Martin Snell of Bayreuth fame. He will deliver a small master class on Sunday 01 November 2015 at the usual time 5.00pm for 5:30pm. He will paint an accurate picture of how the young singers life will be and how best to cope. He will also sing for us.

We do have a couple of other events which we are just working on now. We look forward to seeing you on:

Monday 07 September 2015 at 6:00pm

A concert with Bianca Andrew

Sunday 01 November 2015 at 5:00pm for 5:30pm

A concert with Martin Snell

Great news of Pene Pati

He was a finalist in both sections of the great Operalias competition in London. You may already know that this is Placido Domingo’s worldwide singing competition and that it is divided into two parts!  One is the Aria competition and the other is the Zarzuela (or Spanish song) competition. Pene is a finalist in BOTH of these!  Pene placed second in Aria competition and won the audience prize.

Isabelle Moore placed second in McDonald Aria competition last weekend and is a finalist in Bel Canto competition in a few weeks’ time.

April 2015 Newsletter

April 2015 Newsletter

15 April 2015

Dear Friends and subscribers

We seem to have got off to a slow start this year.  What with the Auckland Festival taking all your time and then the three long weekends of glorious weather and to top it off the ODI – International Cricket final where we were clever enough to be a finalist – the weekends just got away with us!

However, within the Studio walls the teaching and learning has been going on apace with energy and enthusiasm and much progress.

The first of our Soirees (10th May at 5 for 5.30) – comprises most of the prize winner of both Summer Opera Schools – The New Zealand Opera School at Wanganui and the N.Z. Singing School at Hastings.

We present:

  • Anna Mahen NZSS winner of the AOS prize
  • Madison Nanoi – overall top female
  • Filipe Manu – NZOS – top singer
  • Kalauni Pouvalu – Wanganui top singer NZOS
  • Jonathon Clyres – Baritone Price Winner NZSS
  • Joel Amosa – Hasting and who also had a great success in singing the Dulcamara role in Festival Opera’s production of L’Elisir d’amore by Donizetti.  He also won the big prize to travel to Australia for a month long study period at Opera Australia and
  • Milla Dickens who sang a very grateful and elegant Gianetta in the same opera and was very highly praised

So we are very proud to invite you to this concert or inspiring and successful students.

On May 24th at 5 for 5.30 we present – Boy’s Night Out

  • James Ioelu, Benson Wilson and Stephen Diaz

You will be thrilled to know that James has won one of the highly coveted places in San Francisco Opera’s famous Merola Programme.  Past recipients being Simon O’Neill and Pene Pati.

Incidentally one of the other place getters in this programme is Pene’s extraordinarily talented fiancée Amina Edris.

The, three days after this 3 month Programme finishes, James flies to London to begin a yearlong Young Artist place in the most prestigious programme – in England the Nation Opera Studio.  We are so proud of James!

Benson Wilson was 2nd place getter in last year’s Lexus Competition and Stephen Diaz the 2nd place getter in the previous Lexus Competition.

Lastly, on the 14th June at 6 p.m. we present a tiny chamber Opera L’Italiana in Londra by Cimarosa.

This will be performed at Highwic House and is an hour long comedy – presenting

  • Madison Nanoa
  • Milla Dickens
  • Joel Amosa
  • Filipe Manu
  • Directed by Raymond Hawthorne

All these events will be preceded by the usual drinks and refreshments. $65 per person.

The first two take place at AOS premises at 24 St Benedicts St.  The last one at Highwic House, 40 Gillies Avenue, Newmarket, Auckland 1023.

Congratulations Marlena & James!

Congratulations Marlena & James!

On Saturday, 13th September 2014 the fourth annual Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award was held.  We are delighted to announce that Marlena Devoe was the winner of the Bel Canto Award and to James Ioelu was the winner of the Richard Bonynge Award and Tait Memorial Trust Award.

bel canto

Please join us in congratulating both Marlena and James on their fantastic achievements.  We are delighted to have had the privilege to watch them grow and help nurture their talents over the years.  We are sure they will continue to achieve greatness in their musical careers.

You may like to take the opportunity to enjoy their talents in the roles of Lucia (Marlena Devoe) and Raimondo (James Ioelu) in our production of Lucia di Lammermoor on Friday, 10th and Sunday, 12th October 2014 at the Mercury Theatre.  Tickets available from iTicket (0508 484 253 or online).

Congratulations To Student Maia Vegar!

Congratulations to student Maia Vegar!

Congratulations to our student, Maia Vegar, who came third in the North Shore Competition Society’s Becroft Aria.  Her achievement is all the more commendable as she climbed out of a ‘flu and laryngitis attack on the day of the Prelims for the Becroft Aria.  Well done Maia!!! The calibre of the contestants was very high again this year and we send our congratulations to first place winner Edward Laurenson, and in second place Madison Nonoa.

This important competition provides an invaluable step for our young singers. It is fiercely competed for by our most talented singers, not only for the monetary cash prize of $5,000, but also the prize of automatic entry into the prestigious McDonald Sydney Eisteddfod Aria Competition.  We are particularly proud that of the eight finalists in the Becroft Aria, three were Auckland Opera Studio (AOS) students, so as well as Maia, we must also congratulate Joel Amosa and Grace Park on their achievements.  It is very exciting for us here at AOS when we see our young students obtain success in the early stages of their careers.

Maia is an extremely talented young singer who has consistently been a top place getter in our New Zealand Competitions – winner of both the Christchurch and Dunedin Aria Competitions, 2nd in the Wellington Aria Competition sponsored by the Dame Malvina Major Foundation and 3rd in the Napier Aria.

Furthermore she has been personally selected by world renowned tenor and vocal coach, Dennis O’Neill CBE, to attend his 2014/15 Academic Year at Cardiff University.  This opportunity means Maia will be following in the footsteps of Moses Mackay, Pene and Amitai Pati, Kawiti Waetford, Marlena Devoe, Isabella Moore and Alexander Wilson.

So watch this space for more on Maia – she is a passionate hard working young woman who will grow into an important singer… it is just a question of time and good advice.