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Alumna News – Greetings from Munich

We were thrilled to receive a recent update from alumna Felicity Tomkins, winner of the NZOS 2021 Susie and Guy Haddleton Emerging Artist Award and Dame Sister Mary Leo Scholarship, who has just completed her first university year on the Artist Diploma Course (Opera Vocal Performance) at the Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music (CCM).  She sent us an exciting

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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 and musicality in his performance,

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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 65th year, is managed by

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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, the 10th semi-finalist. Toi! Toi!

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Call out for Cardiff Singer of the World 2023!

We are delighted to be supporting the 2023 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition and have made a call out to our alumni to invite them to take part!  In 2023 the competition will be be celebrating its 40th anniversary. The competition will take place between 10-18th June 2023, and in order to be eligible the singers will need

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