31 Aug 2018

Madison Nonoa wins inaugural McCormick Opera Competition

From Upbeat, 12:00 pm on 31 August 2018

Soprano Madison Nonoa has won the inaugural McCormick Opera Competition in Auckland overnight.

Soprano Madison Nonoa

Soprano Madison Nonoa Photo: Supplied

The competition, is a joint venture between the Perpetual Guardian Foundation and the Auckland Opera Studio.

It’s open to rising opera stars between 18 and 32, who compete across a number of heats, and then the top five are selected for the final.

It was judged by international judges Graham Pushee and Rosamund Illing.

The finalists were sopranos Natasha Wilson and Sophie Sparrow, Lexus Song Quest finalist tenor Manase Latu, and recent Dame Malvina Major Aria Competition winner baritone Will King.

Finalists and sponsors of McCormick Opera Competition

Finalists and sponsors of McCormick Opera Competition Photo: Supplied

The top prize won by Madison Nonoa is a $20,000 scholarship to help fund tuition abroad.

Ridge Ponini showed the “most potential” during the week and was gifted $3000.