LEXUS SONG QUEST 2016

On our journey to find the voices of tomorrow, Lexus Song Quest has discovered the great singers of today. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Dame Malvina Major, Jonathan Lemalu, and Sol3 Mio’s Amitai Pati – they are all previous Lexus Song Quest winners who now grace the opera stages of the world. In 2016 the stakes have never been higher, with $85,000 in prizes to be won. Who will win?

Join us for New Zealand’s most exciting and glamorous night of opera on Saturday 23 July 2016 at Auckland Town Hall – tickets are on sale now.

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Amitai Pati (left) wins 2012 Lexus Song Quest with runner up Stephen Diaz (right).

THE SEMI-FINALISTS

Bradley Christensen Jarvis Dams Tavis Gravatt Harry Grigg Filipe Manu Emily Mwila Madison Nonoa Sophie Sparrow Imogen Thirlwall Benson Wilson

Bradley Christensen

Age: 29
Voice: Baritone
Resident: Toronto, Canada

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Bradley Christensen


Jarvis Dams

Age: 25
Voice: Baritone
Resident: Hamilton

 

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Jarvis Dams


Tavis Gravatt

Age: 29
Voice: Bass Baritone
Resident: Auckland

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Tavis Gravatt


Harry Grigg

Age: 19
Voice: Baritone
Resident: Dunedin

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Harry Grigg


Filipe Manu

Age: 23
Voice: Tenor
Resident: Hamilton

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Filipe Manu


Emily Mwila

Age: 25
Voice: Soprano
Resident: Wellington

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Emily Mwila


Madison Nonoa

Age: 23
Voice: Soprano
Resident: Hamilton

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Madison Nonoa


Sophie Sparrow

Age: 23
Voice: Soprano
Resident: Dunedin

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Sophie Sparrow


Imogen Thirlwall

Age: 27
Voice: Soprano
Resident: Wellington

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Imogen Thirlwall


Benson Wilson

Age: 25
Voice: Baritone
Resident: Auckland

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Benson Wilson

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

The Lexus Song Quest prize-winners will receive both a cash prize and a Lexus Study Scholarship

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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 $8,000 net supported by the Dame Malvina Major Foundation and a Study Scholarship of $10,000.

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ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Third and fourth place getters will each receive an immediate cash prize of $1,000 net. A $15,000 Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation scholarship will also be awarded.

EVENTS

GRAND FINAL GALA

Saturday 23 July - Auckland Town Hall

Be there as we discover New Zealand opera's voice of tomorrow ...

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LEXUS MASTERCLASS

Sunday 24 July - Auckland Town Hall

Lexus is committed to New Zealand singers and their teachers.

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PREVIOUS QUEST WINNER

“Winning felt amazing and a little bit surreal! It is an honour to have my name alongside the likes of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Dame Malvina Major as a Lexus Song Quest winner.”

ISABELLA MOORE

ISABELLA MOORE

Winner 2014