| 2019 Artists

Opera in the Pa – 2019 Artists

Headline artists include Moses Mackay, Pene Pati and Amitai Pati of Sol3 Mio, and Joel Amosa winner of the 2018 Lexus Song Quest. Also featuring are Kararaina Walker, Hohaia McFarlane and Anahera Waiariki. All are accompanied by renowned pianist Ludwig Treviranus, with Elisha Hulton both as a performer and Musical Director for the evening.
A key component of Opera In The Pa’s events is to provide an opportunity for aspiring singers to showcase their talents on the big stage. Rotorua’s future stars Hohaia Macfarlane (Tenor) and Anahera Waiariki (Mezzo Soprano) have been given this honour for the 2019 event .

Moses Mackay of SOL3 MIO

Opera Singer, Moses Mackay is a past member of the NZ Youth Choir, Music Graduate of Auckland University, was Emerging Artist by the Dame Malvina Major Foundation and Circle 100 Opera Scholarship recipient. After graduating his Masters with distinction from the Wales International Academy of Voice, he attended the George Solti Academia in Italy.During his time there he was was able to take up an incredible opportunity when he was invited to perform in Parma at Villa Petrolo as part of the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi. Moses is part of Sole Mio, NZ’s opera phenomenon whose debut album spent an incredible 16 weeks at #1 and 8x Platinum status, with their second album x3 times platinum. They have been awarded the Pacific Music Album Tui Award twice and Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards Album Of The Year, Best Group and Highest selling NZ album, three years running.

Pene Pati of SOL3 MIO

According to ​Opera Now, Samoan tenor Pene Pati “is purely and simply the vocal embodiment of the Duke of Mantua, possessing the vocal swagger, the freshness of voice, and the creative energy that makes the Duke lovable”.

Pati debuted in Verdi’s Rigoletto in the 16/17 season while still an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera under Music Director Nicola Luisotti, and to unanimous critical acclaim. Other experience gained during his time with the Company includes the Messenger (​Aïda), Count Lerma and Royal Herald (​Don Carlo), and the creation of the roles of Eunuch/Stone in the world premiere of Bright Sheng’s ​Dream of the Red Chamber,​ alongside the expansion of his repertoire to include Ernesto (​Don Pasquale), Pinkerton (​Madama Butterfly), Alfredo (​La traviata), Des Grieux (​Manon) and Roberto Devereux.

Pene Pati came to international attention after numerous high-profile competition successes taking both Second and Audience Prize at Operalia (2015), Second Prize at Neue Stimmen (2015), First Prize at the Montserrat Caballé International Aria Competition (2014), as well as the prestigious Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge ‘Bel Canto’ Award (2012).

Since graduating as an Adler Fellow at the end of 2017, Pati has joined New Zealand’s Festival Opera for a new production of ​Madama Butterfly, appeared as Alfredo for Opera San José and made his role debut as Nemorino (​L’elisir d’amore) for NZ Opera. The current season brings a European operatic debut as Percy (​Anna Bolena) at Opéra National de Bordeaux under Paul Daniel, and he joins Hawaii Opera Theatre for their production of​ La traviata, with roles further ahead including Macduff (​Macbeth), Rodolfo (​La bohème) and Roméo (​Roméo et Juliette).

Pati completed his studies at the Wales International Academy of Voice under Dennis O’Neill with whom he continues to work, alongside César Ulloa. Since 2012, Pene Pati has enjoyed huge commercial success as a member of Sol3 Mio, a popular trio formed together with his tenor brother and baritone cousin. Their first album, released on Decca Classics, achieved 8x platinum sales in New Zealand and they frequently perform concerts to sold-out stadiums across their home country

Amitai Pati of SOL3 MIO

Amitai Pati is a tenor of Samoan descent who received his master’s degree in advanced vocal studies at the Wales International Academy of Voice under the tutelage of tenor Dennis O’Neill. As a participant of the 2016 Merola Opera Program, he performed his first principal role as Ferrando in​Così fan tutte. Pati won the Lexus Song Quest in 2012 and the Waiariki Institute of Technology NZ Aria in 2015. In 2014, he was invited to be a part of the Young Singers Project in Salzburg, Austria, where he appeared in performances and concerts including ​La Favorite with Elīna Garanča, Juan Diego Flórez, and Ludovic Tézier, and the tenor solo in a production of Mozart’s ​Spatzenmesse. Pati has extensive experience in choral singing, having performed and toured with the New Zealand Youth Choir, Graduate Choir, and the Auckland University Choir. He has sung in master classes with the likes of Joseph Rouleau, Della Jones, Dame Josephine Barstow, Dame Anne Murray, Maestro Richard Bonynge, and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Pati, along with his brother Pene Pati and their cousin Moses Mackay, comprise the highly successful New Zealand vocal trio SOL3 MIO, which mixes both classical and contemporary music.

Joel Amosa // Lexus Song Quest Winner / Baritone Bass

2018 Lexus Song Quest Winner, Joel Amosa, a Samoan Bass-baritone completed his Music Degree and Post-Graduate diploma under the tutelage of Isabel Cunningham and Frances Wilson at the University of Otago.

In 2012, Joel debuted his Operatic career with two leading Mozartian roles: Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro and Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte with both The Auckland Opera Studio and Opera Hawkes Bay. In 2014, Joel performed the role of Dr. Bartolo with Festival Operas debut performance of ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, Joel went on to debut the role of Chief Hongi Hika in a new opera ‘This Other Eden’ by New Zealand composer, Anthony Ritchie during the Dunedin Arts Festival. In 2015, Joel was a returning artist for Festival Opera in Donizetti’s ‘The Elixir of Love’ where he sang and charmed the audience as the quack Dr. Dulcamara. In 2016, Joel debuted with Wellington based opera company, Days Bay Opera as King Claudio in Handels, ‘Aggripina’. Joel then performed as a guest artist with Motone Productions in their ‘Opera in Rarotonga’ concert series, Joel re-visited ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ as Count Almaviva with Waikato University and in 2017 Joel sang the role of Zuniga in Festival Operas production of Carmen.

Joel has performed the bass roles for various Oratorios including, Harapha and Manoah in Handels Oratorio ‘Samson’, Saul in, ‘Saul’, Handels ‘Messiah’, Bach and Steffani mass, Verdi’s ‘Requiem’, Haydn’s Thereisenmesse, Faures Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, and will be singing Handels Messiah with the Christchurch City Choir and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra later this year.

Outside of singing, Joel is the Regional Admin Manager for ASB Central Auckland Branch Banking. Joel has been able to introduce his own singing self to his ASB organisation by bringing in the ASB Voices Choir, ASB Pasefika Network, a member of the ASB Prayer, Unity and Fusion groups and was the recent winner of the ASB Spirit award at the ASB CEO Excellence awards 2018.

Joel attributes much of his musical upbringing and success to his family and to Dilworth School. It was here the foundations for his music were set, and singing became a passion for Joel to pursue to the fullest.

Ludwig Treviranus // Accompanying Pianist

Wellington born Ludwig Treviranus is of Samoan/German heritage, and is currently Assistant Piano Programme Coordinator and Music Language Coordinator at Albany School of Music, Auckland.

He holds a Doctorate of Music from Florida State University where he studied under Dr Read Gainsford. In the USA, he was a finalist for the Beethoven International Piano Sonata Competition in Memphis, Tennessee (2009) as well as the Florida State Music School Chopin Competition (2010). Before his studies in Florida, Ludwig held a scholarship as a Maori/Pacific Island scholar to complete his Masters degree at the University of Auckland
under Dr Rae de Lisle.

In 2013, he developed an interactive workshop entitled ‘At Ease with Music’ making classical music accessible through live performance, imagery, and audience participation.

This was presented to schools around the Wellington region and performed at Expressions, Genesis Theatre, in Upper Hutt. That same year he recorded a double CD for the book titled Living Echoes – The First 150 years of Piano Music from New Zealand, edited for the Sunrise Music Trust by Gillian Bibby. In 2015, Ludwig took a major performance role in the presentation of Prodigies and Prostitutes: The Unexpected World of Piano Composition in
Early New Zealand, which was given in universities and conferences around New Zealand.

In addition to performance and teaching, Ludwig is an active adjudicator for regional music competitions around the country.

Elisha Hulton // Mezzo Soprano / Musical Director

New Zealand born Samoan, Elisha Hulton, currently resides in Rotorua and enjoys a busy career working as performer, music teacher at Rotorua Boys’ High School, choir teacher at Lakes Performing Arts Company, Choir Director of the Te Ao Marama Senior and Youth Choirs, and freelance vocal and music Director of various musical and cultural groups around New Zealand. As an opera singer, highlights include working with Opera In the Pa (2015), The Rotorua Lakeside Concerts (2014 to present), NBR New Zealand Opera, Opera Factory, Auckland Opera Studio, Auckland Arts Festival, Wellington Arts Festival, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Bay of Plenty Symphony Orchestra, Choral Societies throughout New Zealand, The Dame Malvina Major Foundation, Operatunity, Operatif! (Australia),The University of Auckland, The University of Waikato, The University of Otago, The University of the South Pacific (Fiji and Samoa), Motone Productions (Rarotonga), P&O Cruises (Australasia) and Princess Cruises (Australasia). Elisha holds a Bachelor of Music and a Post-Graduate Diploma (Distinction) from the University of Auckland under the tutelage of Te Oti Rakena, Glenese Blake and Robert Wiremu, and a Master of Music (First Class Honours), under the tutelage of Dame Malvina Major at the University of Waikato. Elisha is a recipient of numerous awards and achievements such as the Dame Malvina Major Scholarship and the Creative New Zealand Iosefa Enari Memorial Scholarship. Competition successes include being a Lexus Song Quest Finalist, winner of the Senior Maori Song Aria Competition and third in the New Zealand Aria competition.

Kararaina Walker // Soprano

He uri au no nga iwi o Te Whānua-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou me Te Whakatōhea.

Kararaina Walker is a soprano singer of Maori, Spanish, French, English, Scottish and Irish descent, who graduated as a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar with a Bachelor of Music with Honours from The University of Waikato, Hamilton. She was runner up at The University of Waikato Aria competition in 2010 and in 2016 returned to direct The University of Waikato’s Conservatorium of Music students from Dame Malvina Major’s Opera Studies course in Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) by Mozart.

Her roles in various theatre genre over the years as a performer, vocal and stage craft tutor and director/choreographer, guided her performances in the world premieres of Garth Farr’s The Bone Feeder, 2017 Auckland Arts Festival and in her role as Princess Te Puea in Flowing Water by Witi Ihimaera, Tom Roa and Janet Jennings, 2018 Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.

2019 will see Kararaina return as assistant stagecraft tutor at the New Zealand Opera School for an eleventh year. She is honoured to follow this with a performance at Opera in the Pa, adding to the iconic experience and standing along-side her talented peers.

Hohaia Macfarlane // Tenor

Hohaia was born and raised in Rotorua. He was the Head Prefect of Rotorua Boys’ High School for 2018. He feels honoured to hold this position and is grateful to represent the school of which he is so proud. Through Hohaia’s time at Rotorua Boys’ High School, he has been fortunate to represent Raukura in a number of areas. Hohaia has competed in the senior English section of Manu Korero, won the National Secondary School Kapa Haka Competition twice in a row with Raukura, and performed in the Super 8 Cultural Festival in New Plymouth this year. Hohaia has also taken opportunities to travel overseas with school contingents to locations such as the United States of America, Hong Kong, Spain and Portugal. Hohaia has also had involvement in Kapa Haka outside of Rotorua Boys’ High School, including performing with Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao in the 2016 Te Arawa Regionals and Te Matatini 2017. He is also currently performing for tourists at Mitai Maori Village. Hohaia was honoured to have performed in front of his home town of Rotorua at Lakeside 2018 singing one of his favourite songs ‘Caruso’ by Lucio Dalla.

Anahera Waiariki // Mezzo Soprano

Rotorua young achiever, Anahera Waiariki, is currently a year 12 student of Rotorua Girls High School. At just 16 yrs old, Anahera has gained many musical achievements. Highlights include being the winner of the Junior New Zealand Country Music Entertainer of the Year Awards in 2015, winner of the Junior Maori Song Section at the 2016 Rotorua Aria Competition, and was one of the headliners of the 2017 Rotorua Lakeside Concert. Anahera was also honoured to be part of the Raukura Kapa Haka Group who are the current champions of the 2018 National Secondary Schools Kapa Haka Competition.

Turanga Merito // Master of Ceremonies

Born and raised in Rotorua, New Zealand, Singer/Dancer/Actor/Choreographer and Vocal Coach Turanga is excited to bring 17 years plus experience to Lakes Performing Arts Company.

Highlights of his career include playing Simba in Disney’s The Lion King in Sydney, Melbourne, and China, executing the official role of Vocal Coach on New Zealand’s Premiere Season of The X Factor, and opening for Beyonce as a backing vocalist for New Zealand’s Number One Pop Icon Stan Walker.

His performance/production credits highlights include;

  • Backing vocalist Guy Sebastian – (2016) Backing vocalist/dancer Marcia Hines – Australian tour (2016/17) (currently on break till October)
  • Backing vocalist Stan Walker – Beyoncé tour and NZ tour (2013/14)
  • Head choreographer for Coca-Cola Christmas in the park 2012 – currently
  • Training Credits
  • The University of Auckland, Auckland New Zealand
  • American Music and Dramatic Academy, New York City, United States of America

His teaching credits include LA Talent School, JMA Entertainment, Brent Street School of Performing Arts (Sydney, Australia), Australian Performing Arts Network,Vogue Dance Studio (Perth), Trilogy Dance Studio, Starz Performing Arts, Attitudes Dance Studio, Ministry of Dance, Cherine Peck Studios, Spectrum School of Dance (Melbourne) in both Vocals and Dance just to name a few.