LEXUS SONG QUEST 2018

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

Who will win?

Tickets go on sale 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).

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