28 Aug 2016

Getting our young opera singers export-ready

From Standing Room Only, 1:46 pm on 28 August 2016

This weekend young New Zealand opera singers with their eye on an international career are starting a new programme aimed at equipping them with crucial skills that are nothing to do with singing and performing. Media training is on the programme, as well as negotiating, budgeting, legal and marketing skills. The Kiri te Kanawa Foundation has invested $200,000 in a new programme helping six singers become 'export ready' - Lynn Freeman talks to two of them. Bass-baritone James Ioelu has had four years of support from the Foundation, and he's currently working on NZ Opera's production of Sweeney Todd. Mezzo-soprano Bianca Andrew is in her final year of studio at the Guildhall School of Music in London.