NZ Opera Internships

At New Zealand Opera, we consider it one of our key roles to identify talented New Zealand singers and provide them with support through the many stages of their operatic career. This may involve giving young singers exposure to a working opera environment, bringing young New Zealanders back to sing roles after a period of overseas study, or giving the opportunity for New Zealand based singers to continue to develop their skills.

Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artists (EA)

Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artists (EA)

Up to four New Zealand based artists, either singers or répétiteurs will be selected for this internship. The singers may be given small roles and understudies, given the opportunity to sing in NZ Opera branded concerts and can be part of the NZ Opera chorus. Vocal, stagecraft and language coaching will be provided. Répétiteurs will have the opportunity to play for rehearsals and NZ Opera concerts, as well as coaching with visiting répétiteurs, coaches and conductors. The internship period ideally covers at least six months in total, focussing mainly on the mainstage production periods. Selection is by audition.

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Katherine McIndoe, Meet our Emerging Artists

Katherine McIndoe

Soprano

In 2015, Katherine completed a BMus (Hons) in Classical Performance Voice at the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University, where she studied under Jenny Wollerman and Richard Greager. During her final year of study, she played the title role in NZSM’s production of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges, appeared as a Fury in Days Bay Opera’s La Calisto (Cavalli), and sang the role of Jezebel in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Orpheus Choir and Orchestra Wellington. Katherine also performed with New Zealand Opera for the first time – as a chorus member in Tosca and as a soloist in a Friends of the Opera concert at Longwood. In 2014, Katherine gave the New Zealand premiere of I Never Saw Another Butterfly, a chamber work by Ellwood Derr, at NZSM’s ‘Recovering Forbidden Music’ conference; she has since performed it at the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand’s Kristallnacht commemorations.

2015 also saw Katherine take part in several major competitions. She won the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Wellington Aria Competition, taking first place in three categories. She was a finalist in the New Zealand Aria Competition in Rotorua for the second year running, also winning first place in the oratorio category. In August, Katherine travelled to Sydney as one of ten semi-finalists in the IFAC Australian Singing Competition, where she won the Tinkler Encouragement Award. At the beginning of the year, she received two major NZSM awards, the J. C. Richards Music Scholarship for Postgraduate Study and the Ariadne Danilow Music Prize, and was selected for the New Zealand Opera School in Whanganui for the second time; her tutors there have included Paul Farrington, Håkan Hagegård, Sara Brodie, and (in 2014) Dennis O’Neill. During her time at NZSM, Katherine has also benefited greatly from masterclasses and coachings with, among others, Simon O’Neill, Christine Goerke, Orla Boylan, and Dame Malvina Major. 

A lifelong Wellingtonian, Katherine has taken part in the city’s musical life from a young age. She has been a Choral Scholar with Wellington’s Orpheus Choir for two years, performed at Parliament during the city’s 150th anniversary celebrations, and sang in the 2011 Rugby World Cup Choirs. Head Girl of Wellington Girls’ College in 2011, she led the school’s award-winning auditioned choir and also sang for four years with the  New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir, including two years as leader (2011-12). 

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Madison Nonoa, Meet our Emerging Artists

Madison Nonoa

Soprano

Hamilton born and of Samoan and European descent, Madison Nonoa is currently completing a Diploma in French and German and a Postgraduate Diploma in Classical Voice, specializing in Opera Studies under the tutelage of Dame Malvina Major. Madison holds a BMus with First Class Honours (University of Auckland) and a ABRSM Voice Diploma (ABRSM).  Recipient of the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship (University of Waikato); Dame Malvina Major Sir Howard Morrison Scholarship, Dame Malvina Major Arts Excellence Award (2014, Dame Malvina Major Foundation); Beatrice Webster Prize for Excellence (2015, New Zealand Singing School) and the Te Puia Regional Prize (First Place, 2015,Waiariki Institute of Technology NZ Aria).

She was the youngest semi-finalist and was awarded the Radio NZ Listener's Choice award in the prestigious Lexus Song Quest (2014). In previous years she has won the Tauranga Recital (2013, Tauranga Competitions Society); Napier Aria (2014, Napier Competitions Society); Christchurch Aria (2015, Christchurch Competitions Society), placed second in the North Shore Aria (2014, North Shore Competitions Society; Waikato Aria (2015, University of Waikato) and the New Zealand Aria (2014, Waiariki Institute of Technology NZ Aria) and the third place New Zealand Young Performer (2014, New Zealand Competitions Society).

Roles include Papagena: The Magic Flute, Purea: Star Navigator (New Zealand Opera) Livia: L'italiana in Londra (Auckland Opera Studio); Manon: Potrait of Manon, Laetitia: Old maid and the thief (Auckland Opera Factory) and Hannah: The Merry Widow (Excerpts, University of Waikato). Recent solo engagements include Bach’s Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147, (Tauranga Civic Choir); Mozart's The Requiem Mass in D minor (New Zealand Choral Federation); Handel’s The Messiah (Waikato and Bay of Plenty Opus Orchestra) and Handel’s Israel in Egypt (Auckland Choral Federation).

Dame Malvina Major Young Artist (YA)

Dame Malvina Major Young Artist (YA)

One singer will be chosen to undertake role(s) in mainstage productions for NZ Opera. Typically this will be a young singer just becoming established or a returning former Emerging Artist. The Young Artist will receive music and language coaching and performance support as deemed necessary. The internship period covers at least six months, focussing mainly on the mainstage production periods. Application is by invitation.

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Emma Fraser, Meet our Young Artist

Emma Fraser

Soprano

Sydney-based soprano, Emma Fraser, completed a Bachelor and Post-Graduate Diploma in Music at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. In 2005 was offered a two-year Emerging Performer Scholarship with the prestigious Australian Opera Studio in Perth, graduating with Honours. After relocating to London in 2008, Emma made her UK debut as "Susanna" in The Marriage of Figaro for Iford Arts in Bath.

Emma returned to New Zealand in 2009 and completed the final year of her Bachelor of Commerce degree whilst performing regularly around New Zealand. In 2011 she took up a one year Young Artist Scholarship with New Zealand Opera and made her debut with the company in 2012 as Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, Pamina in their Auckland School's tour of The Magic Flute and then returned in 2013 as a principal artist as Galatea in Handel's 'Acis and Galatea'.

Emma sings regularly with the Opera Australia chorus joining them for their 2014 Opera on the Harbour production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly and their main stage production of Verdi's Otello in July 2014. She will join them again this year for their productions of Madama Butterfly in March and Turandot in the winter season.

Emma returns to New Zealand regularly to perform. Most recently in November 2014 as guest soprano soloist to sing  in the New Zealand premier of Stölzel's Christmas Oratorio with the Auckland Bach Musica Society and Camina Burana with the Wellington Orchestra.

Emma's operatic repertoire includes title roles in Manon (Massenet) and Rodelinda (Handel); Galatea, Acis and Galatea (Handel), Susanna, The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart), Pamina, Die Zauberflöte (Mozart) Sandrina, La Finta Giardiniera (Mozart); Gilda, Rigoletto (Verdi); Despina, Così fan tutte (Mozart); Zerbinetta, Ariadne auf Naxos (R. Strauss); Olympia, Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach); Frasquita, Carmen (Bizet) Adele, die Fledermaus (J.Strauss), Lucy, The Telephone (Menotti), Elenora, Prima la musica (Salieri), Mabel, Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert and Sullivan), Elsie, The Yeoman of the Guard (Gilbert and Sullivan).

Concert repertoire includes soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah (City of Dunedin Choir) and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (West Australian Ballet), soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Mozart Mass in C Minor and Camina Burana (Wellington Orchestra), Mozart's Exultate Jubilate Motet (Canterbury Symphony Orchestra), Handel's Solomon (Viva Voce, Auckland).

Emma was winner of the North Shore Becroft Aria Contest (2004), the Otago Daily Times Aria Contest (2003), the Christchurch Dame Malvina Major Aria Contest (2003) and runner-up in the Wellington Aria Contest (2003). She was a semi-finalist in the Mobil Song Quest (2002), finalist in The Dame Sister Mary Leo Scholarship (2003) and in 2007, achieved third place in New Zealand’s most internationally recognised singing competition, the Lexus Song Quest.

Emma has also made television appearances singing the South African National Anthem for the All Blacks vs South Africa test match in 2003, the French National Anthem for the All Blacks vs France Rugby Test Match 2009. Emma also loves performing in Music Theatre productions and has appeared on ABC LIVE radio performing as a soloist in the cabaret shows From Vienna to Hollywood and The Best of Sondheim in 2005 & 2006.

Freemasons Resident Artists (RA)

Freemasons Resident Artists (RA)

Artists who are New Zealand permanent residents and are in the top echelon of domestic singers may audition to be become a Freemasons Resident Artist. These artists may be suitable for roles and understudies, may be given opportunities to sing in NZ Opera branded concerts and can be part of the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus. These artists will also be able to apply to become a Freemason Opera Scholar. Based on individual needs, these scholarships provide funding to allow the artist to develop and maintain their craft.

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Amanda Atlas, Meet our Resident Artists

Amanda Atlas

Soprano

Holds MMus in Performance Voice, Victoria University. Roles include Cio-Cio San: Madame Butterfly (European Chamber Opera); Amelia: Un ballo in maschera (Castleward Opera); Emilia: Otello, Second Lady: The Magic Flute (National Opera of Wellington); Magda: The Consul, Susannah: Susannah by Carlisle Floyd, Tosca: Tosca, Sister Angelica: Suor Angelica, Suzel: L’amico Fritz, Musetta: La bohème, Mimì: La bohème, Rose: Street Scene by Weill, Clara: Passion by Sondheim, Alice Ford: Falstaff (Dicapo Opera, New York); Giulietta: The Tales of Hoffman (National Lyric Opera of New York); Julie Jordan: Carousel (Augusta Opera); La voix humaine (Nashville Opera); Witch/Mother: Hansel and Gretel (Southland Arts Festival); Musetta: La bohème (cover), Senta: The Flying Dutchman (cover) (NZO). Concert repertoire includes Verdi's Requiem (Cantando and Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra); Bruckner’s F Minor Mass (Auckland Choral); Gerhilde: Die Walküre (NZSO); Desdemona: Otello (Castleward Opera); Strauss’ Four Last Songs and Mahler’s Second Symphony (Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra). Later in 2016 Amanda will sing Annina in the NZO production of La traviata, and Siegrune in Die Walküre with Opera Australia. Current Freemasons Opera Scholar.

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Barbara Graham, Meet our Resident Artists

Barbara Graham

Soprano

Holds BMus in Vocal Performance, BSc in Marine Biology (Victoria University Wellington), and a Diploma in Publishing (Whitireia New Zealand). Studied at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, France, with Nathalie Spinosi in 2010. Former New Zealand Opera Emerging Artist (2007/2008). Winner of the Alliance Française Song Competition, the 2010 Napier Computer Systems Aria, and was a 2009 semi-finalist in the Lexus Song Quest. Also in 2010, she won 2nd prize in the Symphonies d’Automne in Macon, France, later winning 1st prize, as well as the mélodie prize, in the Festival de Musique et de Langue Françaises in Paris. Roles include Genie: The Magic Flute (NZO); Rosa Bud: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Circa Theatre); Sophie: Der Rosenkavalier, Celidora: L’oca del Cairo, Susanna: The Marriage of Figaro (Days Bay Opera); Despina: Così fan tutte (Auckland Opera Studio); Cunegonde: Candide (Orpheus Choir of Wellington); Belinda: Dido and Aeneas (Northern Chorale); Serpina: La serva padrona, Bastienne: Bastien and Bastienne, Cupid: King Arthur (Boutique Opera); several roles in The Cunning Little Vixen (NIMBY); Jenny Diver: Polly (NZSM); Sandman/Dew Fairy: Hansel and Gretel (NZO Opera-in-Schools); Barena/Jano: Jenufa (covers, NZO); and Christine: The Phantom of the Opera (Wellington Musical Theatre in 2013, and Amici Productions in 2016). Solo concert repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah (Schola Sacra, Whanganui), Bach’s Magnificat (Christchurch Symphony Orchestra), El Amor Brujo (Ensemble Furians, Paris), Couperin’s Leçons de ténèbres, Orff’s Carmina Burana (Southern Sinfonia), Mozart’s C minor Mass (Taupo Choral Society), Cloudburst (Orpheus Choir), Gounod’s Messe Solennelle (Ars Nova), Mendelssohn’s Elijah (NZ Choral Federation), and Handel’s Dixit dominus (Kapiti Chamber Choir). In 2014 and 2015 she co-produced and performed in a cabaret show, Two Peas in a Pod. Later in 2016 Barbara will sing in the ensemble for Sweeney Todd, covering the role of Johanna. Current Freemasons Opera Scholar.  

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Derek Hill, Meet our Resident Artists

Derek Hill

Tenor

Graduated from McGill University, Montreal, with high distinction in voice. Winner Becroft Aria. Roles include Count Belfiore: La finta giardiniera (Opera Unleashed); Matteo Borsa: Rigoletto, Malcolm: Macbeth, Macduff: Macbeth (cover), Don Curzio: The Marriage of Figaro, Don Basilio: The Marriage of Figaro (cover), Georges Duménil: The Opera Ball, Lensky: Eugene Onegin (cover), Števa: Jenůfa, Normanno: Lucia di Lammermoor, First Priest/Armed Man: The Magic Flute, Gastone: La traviata (NZO); Gonzalve: L'heure Espagnole (Southern Opera); Pinkerton: Madama Butterfly, Turiddu: Cavalleria Rusticana (Hamilton Garden Opera); Edgardo: Lucia di Lammermoor (cover) (Canterbury Opera); Ford: Falstaff (Opera Otago). Concert performances include Gareth Farr’s work Te Papa (NZSO); 2008 SkyCity Starlight Symphony; Second Jew: Salome (APO). Current Freemasons Opera Scholar.

 

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Emma Roxburgh, Meet our Resident Artists

Emma Roxburgh

Soprano

Holds BMus (Hons) in Voice, Otago University. Graduate Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Roles include Annina: La traviata (cover), Romilda: Xerxes (cover), Settler 3/Ensemble: Hōhepa, Susanna: The Marriage of Figaro (cover), Hortense: The Opera Ball, Jano: Jenůfa, Second Lady: The Magic Flute (cover), Siebel: Faust (cover) (NZO); Ramiro: La finta giardiniera (Opera Unleashed). Concert repertoire includes Beethoven’s Mass in C (Auckland Choral), Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite no 2 (APO), Bach B Minor mass (Ensemble Polymnia 2014), and an Operatunity tour. In 2015, Emma performed the world premiere of ‘Lullabies’ by Anthony Ritchie with Auckland Choral and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Bach Musica. Current Freemasons Opera Scholar.

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Emma Sloman, Meet our Resident Artists

Emma Sloman

Soprano

Holds BA (Music) and LTCL, London. Former PwC Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist. Roles include Countess (cover): The Marriage of Figaro, Cio Cio San: Madame Butterfly (rehearsal cover), Santuzza: Cavalleria rusticana (cover), Mařenka: The Bartered Bride (cover), Angèle: The Opera Ball, The Cousin: Madame Butterfly, Madame Larina: Eugene Onegin (cover), Javotte: Manon (cover), Barbarina: The Marriage of Figaro (cover), Leila: The Pearl Fishers (cover) (NZO); Mimì: La bohème (Opera Hawkes Bay, Opera Factory); Adele: Le Comte Ory, Angelica (cover) and Suor Genevieve: Suor Angelica, Nedda: Pagliacci (cover) (Canterbury Opera); Monica: The Medium, Rosalinda: Die Fledermaus, Magda: The Consul, Madame Silverklang: The Impressario, Angelica: Suor Angelica, The Countess: The Marriage of Figaro, Hansel: Hansel and Gretel, Miss Pinkerton: The Old Maid and the Thief, Susanna: Susanna’s Secret (Opera Factory). Concerts include APO, Rotorua Lakeside, Class Act Opera, Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Auckland Choral Society, Hamilton Operatic Society and the Kiri te Kanawa Foundation. Later in 2016 Emma will sing in the ensemble for Sweeney Todd, covering the role of Mrs Lovett. Current Freemasons Opera Scholar.

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Kate Lineham, Meet our Resident Artists

Kate Lineham

Soprano

Graduate of Victoria University, Wellington, and Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Roles include Penelope: Quartet (NZIFA); Donna Elvira: Don Giovanni (cover), Tatyana: Eugene Onegin (cover), Karolka: Jenůfa, Mimì: La bohème (cover), Norina: Don Pasquale (cover), Papagena: The Magic Flute (cover), Lady-in-Waiting: Macbeth (cover), Nedda: Pagliacci (cover), The Page: Rigoletto, Countess Ceprano: Rigoletto (cover) (NZO); Cherubino: Figaro here, there and everywhere (NZO Opera-in-Schools); Vixen Sharpears: The Cunning Little Vixen (NIMBY); Lauretta: Dr Miracle (Matchbox Opera); Fiordiligi: Così fan tutte (Days Bay Opera); Christine: Phantom (Japan tour); Evita (cover), Evita (NZ tour), Linda: Blood Brothers (NZ tour) (Stetsons); Eliza Doolittle: My Fair Lady (Wellington Musical Theatre); Magnolia: Showboat (cover) (OZ tour, Livent). Has appeared as a soloist with the NZSO, Orchestra Wellington, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Stroma New Music Ensemble. Current Freemasons Opera Scholar.

 

 

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Morag McDowell, Meet our Resident Artists

Morag McDowell

Soprano

Graduated Master of Laws and BA (English Lit), Auckland University. Roles include Galatea: Acis & Galatea (SMCO, NZO (cover)), Queen of the Night: The Magic Flute (cover), Atalanta: Xerxes (cover), The Page: Rigoletto, Esmeralda: The Bartered Bride (cover), Bridesmaid: The Marriage of Figaro, Marguérite: The Opera Ball, Lucia: Lucia di Lammermoor (cover), First Nymph: Acis and Galatea (NZO); Adina: Elixir of Love (Opera Hawkes Bay); Belinda: Dido and Aeneas (Viva Voce); Britannia: King Arthur (Boutique Opera). Concert repertoire includes Mozart’s Mass in C minor, the Lloyd Webber Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Schubert’s Mass in G, the Vivaldi Gloria, the Bach Magnificat, and Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer. Later in 2016 Morag will sing in the ensemble for Sweeney Todd, covering the role of Beggar Woman. Current Freemasons Opera Scholar

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Robert Tucker, Meet our Resident Artists

Robert Tucker

Baritone

Holds BMus, University of Otago. Emerging Performer at the Australian Opera Studio 2005. Roles include Yamadori: Sharpless (cover): Madama Butterfly, Masetto: Don Giovanni, Schaunard: La bohème, Baron Douphol: La traviata (cover), Noah: Noye’s Fludde (NZO); Tommo: Brass Poppies (NZO/NZ Festival/Auckland Arts Festival); Ford: Falstaff (IFAC Opera Japan); Count Almaviva: The Marriage of Figaro (English Chamber Opera); Morales: Carmen (Scottish Opera, AOS); Guglielmo: Così fan tutte  (Australian Opera Studio, Opera Otago); Papageno: Die Zauberflöte, Harlequin: Ariadne auf Naxos, Lescaut: Manon, Mr Peachum: The Threepenny Opera, Garibaldo: Rodelinda (AOS); Opera Highlights tour (Scottish Opera). Later in 2016 Robert will sing the roles of Baron Douphol in La traviata and Pirelli in Sweeney Todd with NZO. Current Freemasons Opera Scholar.

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Sarah-Jane Rennie, Meet our Resident Artists

Sarah-Jane Rennie

Soprano

Holds BMus in Performance Music (Voice) (Victorian College of the Arts), DipMus (Opera) (University of Auckland). Recipient of the Mabel Kent Singing Estate Scholarship. Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist 2002. Roles include Carlotta: Phantom of the Opera (alternate and ensembles) (Really Useful Group Asia Pacific Australian Tour 2008-2009 & World Tour 2013-2016); Violetta: La traviata (cover), Donna Anna: Don Giovanni (cover), Countess: The Marriage of Figaro (cover), Leila: Les pêcheurs de perles (cover) (NZO); Dorabella: Così fan tutte (Waikato Opera); Elettra: Idomeneo (Auckland Opera Studio); Pamina: The Magic Flute, Ghost of Christmas Past: A Christmas Carol (Opera Factory); Micaëla: Carmen (Wanganui Opera); Papagena: The Magic Flute (Class Act Opera); Beggar Woman: Sweeney Todd (University of Melbourne, Trinity College Theatre); Belinda: Dido & Aeneas (Victorian College of the Arts); First Orphan: Der Rosenkavalier (NZ Festival, NZSO); Amor: Orfeo ed Euridice (Auckland Chamber Orchestra). Concert repertoire includes Verdi in Concert (APO), Handel’s Messiah, Lloyd Webber’s Requiem (Christchurch City Choir), Kiri and Friends. Has sung with the Opera Australia chorus, the New Zealand Opera Chorus and the Southern Opera Chorus. Member of the Opera Club 2012-2014. Current Freemasons Opera Scholar.

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Wendy Doyle, Meet our Resident Artists

Wendy Doyle

Mezzo Soprano

Studied at Wellington’s Massey University Conservatorium of Music and Royal College of Music, London. Was a member of D’Oyly Carte Opera Company (UK). Other roles include Constanzia: The Daughters of the late Colonel (Wellington Women’s Festival); Rossweisse: Die Walküre (NZSO); Annina: La traviata, Flora: La traviata (cover), Mary: The Flying Dutchman, Mrs Noah: Noye’s Fludde, Hata: The Bartered Bride (cover), Giovanna: Rigoletto, Maddalena: Rigoletto (cover), Mamma Lucia: Cavalleria rusticana, Marcellina: The Marriage of Figaro (cover), Amastre: Xerxes (cover), Filipievna: Eugene Onegin, Grandmother/Mayor’s Wife: Jenůfa (cover), Witch/Mother: Hansel and Gretel (cover) (NZO); Hermia: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Anglia Opera). 

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