The top 10 semi-finalist who auditioned against 40 other candidates in front of international Preliminary Judges Liane Keegan and John Bolton Wood, are also all alumni of the New Zealand Opera School, they are: Joel Amosa (bass-baritone), Eliza Boom (soprano), Chelsea Dolman (soprano), Jonathan Eyers (baritone), Joe Haddow (baritone), Manase Latu (tenor), Filipe Manu (tenor), Emily Mwila (soprano), Madison Nonoa (soprano), Natasha Wilson (soprano).
In the announcement, Judge Liane Keegan, made the following comment, “The vocal qualities and skills they all presented, were exceptionally high”…“To have singer after singer in this competition, impress with what they can do and how they can do it, is extremely rare in a competition of this size. I think the standard of teaching singing in New Zealand at present is a very high one and long may it last!”.
Yes in-deed may it last, and New Zealand Opera School, would like to take this opportunity to Toi, Toi, Toi! All of the semi-finalist on the coming months, as they will be traveling to Wellington for an intensive week of coaching mid-July, followed by the invitation-only Semi-Final concerts on 21 & 22 July in Wellington, where only five of the ten will be selected to compete for the New Zealand’s most prestigious singing accolade and a share of $90,000 in prizes, that will be held in Auckland 28th July at the Auckland Town Hall. For more details about tickets to this wonderfully, delightful event visit: Lexus Song Quest Grand Final Gala