17 Sep 2023

How to sing opera with soprano Deborah Wai Kapohe

From Culture 101, 12:44 pm on 17 September 2023


Deborah Wai Kapohe

Deborah Wai Kapohe Photo: Tania Warbrick

Deborah Wai Kapohe is both a singing teacher and one of Aotearoa’s most respected sopranos. So who better to teach Culture 101's Perlina Lau how to sing opera?  

Wai Kapohe has many other strings to her bow, including singer-songwriter and arts advisor. But, most recently, she’s become a lawyer - admitted to the bar in 2021. 

She’s also returned to the proscenium arch this month, performing as Eurydice in New Zealand Opera and Black Grace's co-production of (m)Orpheus, playing at The Opera House Wellington 20 to 23 September. 

A scene from NZ Opera's (M)orpheus

A scene from NZ Opera's (M)orpheus Photo: Andi Crown Photography