Artist development with NZ Opera

The main focus of Foundation sponsorship is through the New Zealand Opera Artist Development Programme.

Co-ordinated and administered by New Zealand Opera, the Artist Development Programme provides an opportunity for some of New Zealand’s most promising young opera singers to develop their craft within the context of our national opera company.

Each year, early career singers are selected as Dame Malvina Major Foundation New Zealand Opera Studio Artists (previously Emerging Artists). Dame Malvina is part of the selection panels. Artists are equipped with the skills necessary for an opera career through a programme of vocal and dramatic training encompassing languages, movement, interpretation, stagecraft, and mentoring by international experts. They are supported through role-study and performance opportunities with New Zealand Opera with the programme tailored specifically to meet the needs of each individual artist.

Selection of Dame Malvina Major Foundation New Zealand Opera Studio Artists

Applications for the New Zealand Opera Artist Development Programme are invited annually via New Zealand Opera’s website.

 

Dame Malvina Major Foundation Studio Artists 2021

Samuel Downes, baritone

Samuel Downes began his career as a member of the Auckland Chamber Choir, Auckland Youth Choir and New Zealand Youth Choir. He has a Bachelor of Music with Honours, and has performed with New Zealand Opera’s Freemasons Opera Chorus performing in Candide, La Boheme, l’elisir d’amore, and Don Giovanni.

Ben Kubiak, pianist

Ben Kubiak is a multi-faceted musician whose work spans multiple instruments and genres. He is currently completing a PhD in musicology at the University of Auckland. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Hons) majoring in classical voice from the University of Auckland, graduating with first class honours and winning the Drake medal for his dissertation.

Katie Trigg, mezzo-soprano

Katie Trigg is a University of Waikato Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar, and is completing her final year of a Bachelor of Music with Honours majoring in classical voice. In 2018 Katie placed first in the Dame Malvina Major Foundation University of Waikato Aria Competition. In September 2021 Katie travels to the Guildhall School of Music to further her studies.

Katherine Winitana, soprano

Katherine Winitana has experience in a wide variety of music genre as a performer and composer.  In 2016 she was the inaugural recipient of the Vodafone and Recorded Music New Zealand scholarship award and performed a song she composed to commemorate the ANZAC Centenary at the 2015 Waiata Maori Music Awards.

“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.”

Studio Artists

2020

  • HARRY GRIGG
  • ANNA SIMMONS
  • FELICITY TOMKINS

Emerging Artists

2018-19

  • PASQUALE ORCHARD
  • WILL KING
  • ANGUS SIMMONS

2017-18

  • NATASHA WILSON
  • MANASE LATU
  • SAMSON SETU

2016-17

(DMM Scholars)

  • ELIZA BOOM
  • JAMES HENARE
  • OLIVIA SHEAT

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/Fellows

2019

  • JOEL AMOSA

2018

  • THOMAS ATKINS

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.”

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