Maia Vegar

Twenty two-year old soprano Maia Vegar grew up in the Hokianga.  Before deciding to pursue a career in classical singing and opera, Maia had a keen interest in Musical Theatre and appeared in many amateur productions, including CATS and A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum.  In 2008 Maia began classical singing lessons with Evelyn Hatfield, and in 2010 began studying towards a Mus.B. degree, majoring in Classical Performance Voice under the guidance of Judy Bellingham.  Maia has gained great success in vocal competitions to date, including Northland competitions 2007-09, Dunedin from 2010-2012, and in 2011 won many awards in the Christchurch competitions, including the senior scholarship.  In September 2011 Maia won the Otago Daily Times (ODT) Aria Competition held annually in Dunedin.  Her singing was described by adjudicator, Stuart Skelton, as ”incredibly beautiful singing that could have been performed on any stage, in any country”.  In July 2012, Maia performed her first operatic role, The Countess, in Opera Otago’s production of The Marriage of Figaro.  Maia is currently in her fourth year of study, completing her Honours degree under the expert tutelage of both Judy Bellingham and Auckland based, Frances Wilson at Otago University.  In 2013, Maia placed first in the Christchurch Aria Competition sponsored by the Dame Malvina Major Foundation, adjudicated by Sharolyn Kimmorley