Over the nine years of the event Tereora College has benefited from these specialist opera classes and with the sponsorship of Air Rarotonga since 2014, Araura College in Aitutaki has had the opera workshops extend to the entire school.
Now Motone and BCI are proud to announce that this year they will also be taking the workshop to Titikaveka College where Motone has focused other performing arts workshops and will look to again visit Apii Te Uki Ou to engage even younger students in the art form.
Motone co-director Glenda Tuaine says the workshops are an excellent vehicle for the students to understand the stories of the performers and to learn more about the abilities of the voice and how to develop it. Each workshop focuses on breathing techniques, how to develop your voice and how to sing in the opera style.
“If we had not been holding these workshops over the nine years of Opera in Rarotonga we would not have come across Ridge Ponini who is now in his final year at Otago University studying music and a rising opera talent in the Pacific.
“We have so many talented young people who through singing at church have the ability to be opera singers, so we want to keep giving our youth the opportunity to learn and maybe we just might find another young rising Kuki Opera star in the making” said Tuiane.
The Bank of the Cook Islands also supports the singers’ visit to the Creative Centre where the singers have an informal performance and celebration with the centre’s people, performing songs and dance. Past visiting singers have been humbled by the experience of visiting the centre, says Tuaine.
This year’s visitors are young New Zealand Samoan tenor Ipu Laga’aia and bartone William Mataka Vuni of Tongan/Samoan descent. known as Taka. They will arrive, next Tuesday and will be in Aitutaki on May 30. The BCI Opera in Rarotonga will be held on June 1 and 2 at the Islander Hotel dining pavilion.
The concert will not only incorporate opera classics, but contemporary songs with an operatic twist. “Many people travel annually from Australia and New Zealand for this event and the show for the past four years has been so popular it has sold out,” says Tuiane.
“Tickets cost $55.00 per person and include complimentary bubbles or juice and canapés on arrival. Children under 12 are $30.00
Tickets are on sale at The Islander Motone ticketing booth, open from 10am- 2pm Monday to Saturday, or contact Mary on 51219