Internships with New Zealand Opera

The main focus of Foundation sponsorship is through the Dame Malvina Major internship programme 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, young early career singers are selected as Dame Malvina Major Scholars. 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.

Dame Malvina Major Fellow 2017

James Harrison, baritone

James Harrison graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland, and after a year as a Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera, studied with Margaret Kingsley at the Royal College of Music where he won the prestigious Lies Askonas Prize, the McCulloch Prize for Opera and a special Director’s Prize. James then went on to the National Opera Studio.

James made his debut for English National Opera in Tansy Davis’ Between Worlds and made his Royal Opera House debut in Opera Holland Park’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at The Lindbury Studio. James has also covered roles for English National Opera, Opera North and Garsington. On the concert platform, James’ experience is wide and varied. He is also a member of an exciting new group, The Blind Tiger Ensemble. He regularly returns to New Zealand to sing in opera and concerts. www.jamesgaharrison.com

Dame Malvina Major Scholars 2016/17

Eliza Boom, Soprano

Eliza Boom grew up on the stage, singing with her family. Eliza completed her BMus at Vision College in 2014, focusing on classical singing while also developing versatility in musical theatre and contemporary music.

Eliza did her Honours year in 2015 and a PGCert in Opera Studies in 2016 at the University of Waikato studying under Dame Malvina Major.

In 2016 she was a finalist in the IFAC Australian Singing Competition where she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester in 2017-18.

 

James Henare, Bass-baritone

James Henare has been involved in music from an early age, playing and singing in various musical groups from country to metal, before settling with opera.

Based in Wellington, James is a graduate of Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music.

James has sung in the chorus of several New Zealand Opera productions, as well as singing as a soloist for Eternity Opera.

Olivia Sheat, Soprano

Olivia Sheat has just completed her Honours year towards a Bachelor of Music at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, studying with singing teacher Jenny Wollerman.

In 2016 Olivia performed as the guest soprano soloist in Donizetti’s Requiem, Handel’s ‘Messiah’ and the New Zealand premiere of Robert Hanson’s ‘Psalms of David’.

The same year Olivia made the finals of the Wellington Aria Competition, won a nomination to the New Zealand Young Performer of the Year competition and received the Ariadne Danilow Music Prize at the New Zealand School of Music.

“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.”

Selection of Dame Malvina Major Interns with New Zealand Opera

Auditions for are held annually. For further information, visit nzopera.com.

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

Emerging Artists
(now Scholars)

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)

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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