2018 LEXUS SONG QUEST

On our journey to find the voices of tomorrow, Lexus Song Quest has discovered the great singers of today. This coveted title is a life-changing career win – having launched the incredible talents of Dame Malvina Major, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Phillip Rhodes, Jonathan Lemalu and Sol3 Mio’s Amitai Pati.

In 2018 the stakes have never been higher, with $90,000 in prizes up for grabs for the winner.

Who will win?

Pre-sale Early Bird tickets for the Grand Final Gala go on sale at 9am on Wednesday 30 May 2018. 

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Benson Wilson (right) wins 2016 Lexus Song Quest with runner-up Filipe Manu, fourth place-getter Tavis Gravatt and third place-getter Madison Nonoa (L-R).

THE SEMI-FINALISTS

Joel Amosa

Joel Amosa

Eliza Boom

Eliza Boom

Chelsea Dolman

Chelsea Dolman

Jonathan Eyers

Jonathan Eyers

Joe Haddow

Joe Haddow

Manase Latu

Manase Latu

Filipe Manu

Filipe Manu

Emily Mwila

Emily Mwila

Madison Nonoa

Madison Nonoa

Natasha Wilson

Natasha Wilson


Joel Amosa

Age: 28
Voice: Bass Baritone
Home Town: Auckland

Joel Amosa

Currently Regional Admin Manager for ASB Central Auckland branches banking, while working on numerous oratorios and operas.


Eliza Boom

Age: 24
Voice: Soprano
Home Town: Whangarei

 

Eliza Boom

Currently studying her Masters in Music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.


Chelsea Dolman

Age: 31
Voice: Soprano
Home Town: Taupō

Chelsea Dolman

Currently living in Hamilton and a Freemasons NZ Opera Artist with New Zealand Opera.


Jonathan Eyers

Age: 23
Voice: Baritone
Home Town: Orini

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Jonathan Eyers

Currently living in Berlin, Germany. Grew up on a Waikato dairy farm and studied Bachelor of Music (Hons) at University of Waikato.


Joe Haddow

Age: 22
Voice: Baritone
Home Town: Porirua

Joe Haddow

Currently studying a double Science Major in E Bio and C Bio at Victoria University, while working on The Elixir of Love with New Zealand Opera.


Manase Latu

Age: 22
Voice: Tenor
Home Town: Auckland & Tonga

Manase Latu

Currently a Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera working on The Elixir of Love.


Filipe Manu

Age: 25
Voice: Tenor
Home Town: Auckland

Filipe Manu

Currently studying a Masters of Music at the Opera Studies programme at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


Emily Mwila

Age: 27
Voice: Soprano
Home Town: Wellington

Emily Mwila

Currently studying a Master of Music in Voice at Mannes School of Music in New York.


Madison Nonoa

Age: 25
Voice: Soprano
Home Town: Hamilton

Madison Nonoa

Currently in London studying a Masters of Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


Natasha Wilson

Age: 24
Voice: Soprano
Home Town: Auckland

Natasha Wilson

About to begin a graduate programme at San Francisco University and currently a Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera working on The Elixir of Love.

ROAD TO THE FINAL

The start of each Lexus Song Quest marks the beginning of an exhilarating ride for a special group of New Zealand’s best young singers. As with any journey, there are the joys of adventure, some roadblocks to navigate, and delight when we reach our destination. Plus we learn heaps along the way…

THE CONTESTANTS’ JOURNEY

THE PRIZES

2018 Lexus Song Quest contestants will receive a share of $90,000 in cash and study scholarship prizes.

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THE WINNER

Will receive an immediate cash prize of $20,000 net and a Study Scholarship of $27,000, plus economy international travel up to the value of $3,000.

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RUNNER-UP

Will receive an immediate cash prize of $10,000 net supported by the Dame Malvina Major Foundation and a Study Scholarship of $10,000.

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ADDITIONAL PRIZES

The remaining finalists will each receive an immediate cash prize of $3,500 net. A $15,000 Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation scholarship will also be awarded.

EVENTS

SEMI-FINAL RECITALS

21 & 22 July - St Andrew's on The Terrace, Wellington

The excitement builds as our ten Semi-Finalists compete for a place at the Grand Final, judged in front of a live audience.

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GRAND FINAL GALA

Saturday 28 July - Auckland Town Hall

Join us for New Zealand's most exciting and glamorous night of opera. Tickets go on sale Wednesday 30 May 2018.

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MASTERCLASSES

24 & 29 July - Wellington & Auckland

Enjoy this free public Masterclass series for future Song Quest hopefuls and their teachers with Head Judge Lisa Gasteen.

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PREVIOUS QUEST WINNER

“The Lexus Song Quest is an incredible opportunity to share a song with the nation.”

BENSON WILSON

BENSON WILSON

Winner 2016