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?

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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

Bass-Baritone Niuafolau Joel Amosa is one busy newly-wed. Six months in he’s “loving the married life,” which he balances with his day job as a Regional Admin Manager for ASB, Auckland and his second love – opera.

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Eliza Boom

Age: 24
Voice: Soprano
Home Town: Whangarei

 

Eliza Boom

Originally from Whangarei and currently studying in Manchester, soprano Eliza Boom grew up on the stage, singing with her family at churches across New Zealand.  “My mum and dad are huge role models in my life – I get a lot of my musicality from them.”

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Chelsea Dolman

Age: 31
Voice: Soprano
Home Town: Taupō

Chelsea Dolman

Chelsea Dolman is a beer brewing soprano originally from Taupō, and while her day job is working in the finance department of Hamilton City Council’s H3 she maintains her opera passion by travelling to Auckland to study with Catrin Johnsson.

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Jonathan Eyers

Age: 23
Voice: Baritone
Home Town: Orini

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Jonathan Eyers

From growing up on a Waikato dairy farm to London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama – Jonathan Eyers is ready to take on the world. “It is a real privilege to be a part of the Lexus Song Quest. It has always been seen as the premiere competition, showcasing the best of what New Zealand has to offer,” says Jonathan.

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Joe Haddow

Age: 22
Voice: Baritone
Home Town: Porirua

Joe Haddow

It’s not every day you meet an opera singing scientist. 2018 Semi-Finalists Joe Haddow, who hails from Porirua, is following his opera dream – currently working on The Elixir of Love with New Zealand Opera, and singing with Kāpiti Chamber Choir – all while pursuing a Bachelor of Science double major in Ecology and Biodiversity, and Cell and Molecular Bioscience at the Victoria University of Wellington.

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Manase Latu

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

Manase Latu

Manase Latu is a proud choir boy from South Auckland, ready to hit the high-lights of the opera world. Growing up in church and being surrounded by his Tongan culture, music has always been a vital part in Manase’s life. However, it was not until 2011, when he joined his high school choir that he was propelled into the world of classical music.

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Filipe Manu

Age: 25
Voice: Tenor
Home Town: Auckland

Filipe Manu

Originally from Auckland, Filipe is currently studying a Masters of Music within the Opera Studies programme at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. While he’s loving the opportunity, he admits he “really misses Pacific Island food!”

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Emily Mwila

Age: 27
Voice: Soprano
Home Town: Wellington

Emily Mwila

Manhattan-based soprano Emily Mwila is excited to return to New Zealand for a second shot at the Lexus Song Quest title, having made it through to the Semi-Finals stage in 2016. Of Pakeha and Zambian descent, she’s currently studying a Master of Music in Voice at Mannes School of Music in New York.

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Madison Nonoa

Age: 25
Voice: Soprano
Home Town: Hamilton

Madison Nonoa

Born in the Waikato, Madison Nonoa has a Bachelor of Music (First class Hons) from the University of Auckland. She’s currently one of a growing contingent of New Zealanders studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she is under the tutelage of the acclaimed soprano, Yvonne Kenny within the Opera Studies Masters Programme.

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Natasha Wilson

Age: 24
Voice: Soprano
Home Town: Auckland

Natasha Wilson

Born and raised in Auckland, Natasha Wilson (Te Arawa / Ngāpuhi), studied at the University of Auckland, graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Hons, first-class) majoring in Classical Vocal Performance in 2016. From September, she’ll commence post-graduate studies at the elite San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the U.S.

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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