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Kieran Rayner wins International Sing Finzi Competition 2021!

We’re just so excited with all the fabulous news about our talented alumni!  This time – our very own baritone Kieran Rayner; who was announced as the winning singer of the International Sing Finzi Competition 2021 run by the Finzi Trust and Boosey & Hawkes. The jury were particularly impressed by the level of storytelling …

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Two of our favourites: Flaxmere singers make Lexus Song Quest semi-finals

Hawke’s Bay locals Katherine Winitana and Emmanuel Fonoti-Fuimaono have joined an elite collective of young New Zealand opera singers this week after being named semifinalists in the 2022 Lexus Song Quest. The Lexus Song Quest (formerly the Mobil Song Quest) is a premiere biennial event in Aotearoa’s professional arts calendar. The contest, now in its …

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Our Alumni are semi-finalists in the Lexus Quest Competition!

We are completely blown away by how many of our School’s alumni (9 out of 10) have gone through to the semi-finals of the prestigious Lexus Song Quest competition. Massive congratulations to Ridge Ponini, Tayla Alexander, Katherine Winitana, Emmanuel Fonoti-Fuimaono, Sarah Hubbard, Sid Chand, Amelia Berry, Felicity Tomkins and Filipe Manu. Congratulations to Patricia Westley, …

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Opera duo moved to Europe during pandemic and had ‘absolute time of our lives’

Travelling to Europe during the height of a pandemic wasn’t the plan but a baritone singer says the reality of life in a country with 30,000 daily Covid cases was surprisingly normal. Kiwi duo, Angus Simmons and his wife, Anna are gearing up to perform in Nelson (Feb 2022), showing off their baritone and soprano …

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New website brings Opera School to the world

The New Zealand Opera School which thrills opera lovers throughout the country will now showcase the School in all its glory worldwide online from Monday March 14th when the new website is launched. The comprehensive, intricately detailed site includes information about the now 28 year old School held annually in January at Whanganui Collegiate School, …

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