Rising opera stars will figure in Winter Series

Rising young New Zealand opera stars will feature in the Auckland Opera Studios Winter Series at the Sculptureum in Matakana.

The three winter recitals will be held on June 24, August 5 and September 2.

The first concert will feature New Zealanders Tayla Alexander (soprano) and Jarvis Dams (baritone).

Tayla’s debut album, Songbird, charted in the top 10 on both the Independent Music New Zealand Album charts and the New Zealand Music Charts, making her the youngest artist to appear on the New Zealand music charts.

Covering opera, classical and easy listening genres, Tayla has performed songs in English, Italian, Chinese and Maori.

Jarvis Dams

Meanwhile, Jarvis Dams secured the $20,000 Dame Malvina Major Foundation first prize at the prestigious New Zealand Aria competition held in Rotorua last year.

Tayla and Jarvis will be joined in the first concert by Korean soprano Moonyoung Jang, who won second place in the New Zealand Aria competition last year.

The Sculptureum concerts follow two previous successful winter series concerts in Matakana held at the Vivian Gallery.

Auckland Opera Studio voice coach Frances Wilson says around 12 singers will perform in the three concerts.

“These are all young aspiring professionals, showcasing the best they have to offer on their journey towards the world stage,” she says.

Frances says in addition to the current Winter Series, Auckland Opera Studio is organising a further concert by soprano Marlena Devoe, who sang at the Winter Series last year. Marlena will sing at the Warkworth Town Hall over Labour Weekend. Final details of the concert are still to be confirmed.