Internships with New Zealand Opera

The main focus of Foundation sponsorship is through our Dame Malvina Major internship programmes in partnership with New Zealand Opera. Dame Malvina is part of the selection panels.

Co-ordinated and administered by New Zealand Opera, the internship programmes offer a unique opportunity for young artists to work with professionals in the opera industry to develop the skills required to prepare for a career in opera.

Each year, early career singers are selected as Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artists. They are given the opportunity to take part in main stage productions and receive vocal, stagecraft and language coaching.

The Dame Malvina Major Fellowship offers a more experienced singer the principal role in a New Zealand Opera mainstage season as well as tailored vocal and language coaching.

“Thank you all so much for your commitment and belief in this wonderful programme... I will forever treasure this special time in my extraordinary journey.”

Dame Malvina Major Fellow 2018

Thomas Atkins, tenor

Thomas recently completed the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, under the tutelage of Adrian Thompson. He is currently on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

A 2013/14 Freemasons Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with NZ Opera, in 2013 he was awarded the New Zealand Arts Foundation Patronage Award. Thomas is a graduate of the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, his home town.

Recent concert performances include Soloist alongside Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at the 2014 Yakushiji Otobutai, Japan and Dritter Lakai in excerpts from Der Rosenkavalier with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder. Engagements in the 2017/2018 season at Covent Garden include 1st Armed Man Die Zauberflöte, Don Jose La Tragédie de Carmen (Wilton’s Music Hall), Teacher Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and 2nd Brabant Noble Lohengrin.

 

 

Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artists 2017/18

Manase Latu, tenor

Manase is a recent graduate of the University of Auckland, where he majored in classical vocal performance. He is a member of vocal group The Shades, Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir and is an alumni of Auckland Chamber Choir and New Zealand Youth Choir.

Manase is in regular demand as a soloist throughout New Zealand and in 2017, became a member of the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus, performing in mainstage seasons of Carmen and Katya Kabanova.

 

Samson Setu, baritone

Samson Setu is a graduate of the University of Auckland, where he majored in classical singing, under the tutelage of Dr Te Oti Rakena. Samson is a proud Samoan, born and raised in South Auckland.  He was surrounded by music during his childhood, but it wasn’t until he was 17 years old that he first encountered opera. Rugby was Samson’s first love but in his final year of Dilworth School, singing began to overtake his dreams of playing professional rugby.

Samson won first place at the 2016 Ronald Dellow competition where he was also the recipient of the people’s choice award. The same year, Samson was a finalist at the prestigious New Zealand Aria competition and a winner at the annual South Auckland Performing Arts Competition and the National Finale.

Natasha Wilson, soprano

Natasha was born and raised in Auckland, and is of Maori and European heritage. She has a BMus(Hons) majoring in classical vocal performance from the University of Auckland. Natasha made her professional debut with New Zealand Opera, as a member of the company for their touring production of The Mikado and was involved in workshops of Tim Finn’s upcoming opera, Star Navigator, in the role of Purea. Natasha has also performed internationally with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra as the soprano soloist in their Spanish Baroque concert series. In 2017, Natasha was selected for the inaugural Dame Malvina Major Foundation Opera Studies programme and was a member of the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation’s mentoring programme.

“Learning what is expected of a professional performer is an integral lesson that I will take on my journey...”

Selection of Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artists and Fellows

Dame Malvina Major Interns are selected annually through an audition process.

For any enquiries, email internships@nzopera.co.nz 

Emerging Artists

2016-17 (as Scholars)

  • ELIZA BOOM
  • JAMES HENARE
  • OLIVIA SHEAT
  • MADISON NONOA

2015-16

  • KATHERINE MCINDOE
  • MADISON NONOA

2014-15

  • JARVIS DAMS
  • CHELSEA DOLMAN
  • FILIPE MANU
  • EMILY SCOTT
  • CHRISTIAN THURSTON

2013-14

  • CHEUKY CHAN
  • ELIZABETH MANDENO
  • OLIVER SEWELL
  • THOMAS ATKINS

2012-13

  • BIANCA ANDREW
  • EDWARD LAURENSON
  • KIERAN RAYNER

2011-12

  • EMMA FRASER
  • MOSES MACKAY
  • STEPHEN DIAZ

2010-11

  • AMELIA BERRY
  • CAMERON BARCLAY
  • RACHEL DAY
  • XING XING WANG

2009-10

  • ALEXANDRA IOAN
  • ANDREW GRENON
  • BRIGITTE HEUSER
  • POLLY OTT

2008-09

  • ANNA ARGYLE
  • CLAIRE BARTON
  • DANIEL O’CONNOR

2007-08

  • BARBARA GRAHAM
  • BARBARA PATERSON
  • HADLEIGH ADAMS
  • JULIA HILL (BOOTH)
  • MATTHEW LANDRETH
  • MICHAEL GRAY

2006-07

  • CATHERINE NORTON
  • DAVID KELLY
  • RACHELLE PIKE
  • SARAH-ANN WALKER

2005-06

  • MALCOLM EDE
  • PALOMA BRUCE
  • REBECCA CRABTREE
  • SARAH WOOD

2004-05

  • ANDREW GLOVER
  • KRISTEN DARRAGH
  • PHILLIP RHODES
  • WADE KERNOT

2003-04

  • CARLA PARRY
  • ELAINE WOGAN
  • SARAH McONIE (now COURT)
  • SEAMUS CASEY
  • STEPHANIE BAIN

2002-03

  • ANDREW CONLEY
  • EMMA SLOMAN
  • SARAH-JANE RENNIE
  • SEAMUS CASEY

2001-02

  • ANDREW CONLEY
  • APRIL MARIE NEHO
  • HELEN LEAR
  • JOANNA HESLOP
  • TODD MOHI

2000-01

  • BRENDON MERCER
  • JAMES HARRISON
  • JAMES MENG
  • JOANNA HESLOP
  • PENNY DAVIS
  • WENDY DAWN THOMPSON

Young Artists
(now Fellows)

2017

  • JAMES HARRISON

2016

  • EMMA FRASER

2015

  • AMELIA BERRY

2014

  • RACHELLE PIKE

2013

  • ANNA LEESE

2012

  • PHILLIP RHODES

2011

  • PHILLIP RHODES

2010

  • DAVID KELLY

2009

  • KRISTIN DARRAGH

2008

  • WADE KERNOT

“One of my personal favourite parts of the program was the constant availability to work with visiting artists from overseas.”

Thank you

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