2023 NTAC Contestants

NICHOLAS TARLING ARIA COMPETITION

"and the WINNER is..."

2023 NTAC Contestants

Over two exciting nights, Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 February 2023, thirteen exceptional finalists competed for a prize pool of $ 9,000 for the Inaugural Nicholas Tarling Aria Competition on the stage of the BNZ Theatre at the Due Drop Events Centre, Manukau.

The First Prize of $ 5,000 was shared by Katherine Winitana, soprano and Emmanuel Fonoti-Fuimaono, tenor. Katherine, Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngaariki Kaiputahi, born in Flaxmere, Hawke’s Bay, wooed the judges and the audience with a moving rendition of Puccini’s ‘Chi’il bel sogno di Doretta’ from La Rondine. Emmanuel gave a captivating performance of Massenet’s ‘Pourquoi me reveiller’. Maeve Herd placed as the secure second spot winning $ 3,000  with an inspiring “Eccomi in lieta vesta… Oh quante volte!” aria by Bellini.

Alexandra Francis, soprano and tenor Shiddharth Chand  were joint winners of the $ 1,000 ‘Most Promising Singer Award’.  Alexandra transported us into Handel’s plot of Julius Caesar when Cleopatra contemplating her demise sings I shall lament my fate so cruel and so wicked, as long as I breathe”. Shiddharth displayed fine virtuosity and poked good fun at ‘Ah! Mes Amis’ by Donizetti from La Fille du Regiment.

The Finalists’ Concert was a huge success. Competing singers were selected from over 50 diverse entries. Rosemary Barnes, the competition’s official accompanist, provided exemplary support for every nuance of each singer and style throughout the evening. Nicholas Reid, MC for the night,  gave succinct and informative introductions to each aria.
The BNZ Theatre, with its excellent acoustics, first-class Steinway Concert Grand and comfortable seating, proved an inviting venue for this new event which is surely here to stay for years to come.

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Aria Competition Stage

2 Rua - Nicholas Tarling Aria Competition
Final Recital

Tuesday 21 February, 7.30pm
Due Drop Events Centre
Free

ROSEMARY BARNES   Piano

The number of incredible vocalists from the South Auckland area is astounding, and it has been a long-held aspiration to host an aria competition for these singers, to help support them in their future careers.

The Nicholas Tarling Charitable Trust in association with the Manukau Symphony Orchestra, are delighted to announce the first Nicholas Tarling Aria Competition. Nicholas Tarling was a prominent professor at the University of Auckland, passionate opera lover and a lifelong supporter of musical talent in New Zealand.

In the spirit of the MSO, this competition is open to all ages and to people of all backgrounds, with preference towards those in the South Auckland area. Judging will be adjudicated by professional singing coaches and artists.

PRIZES

First Prize Winner                               $5000

Runner-up Prize                                   $3000

Most Promising Singer Prize        $1000

COMPETITION TIMELINE

ROUND ONE

DIGITAL ENTRY ENTRIES CLOSE 1 FEBRUARY 2023

Applicants will need to upload a video of their singing to YouTube, and complete an application form with the link to the performance by the 1st February 2023. Applications will then be judged by official adjudicators, with selected participants invited to a live performance with piano at the Due Drop Events Centre.

FINAL ROUND

FINAL RECITAL TUESDAY 21 FEBRUARY 7.30PM
DUE DROP EVENTS CENTRE

Participants will be invited to perform two pieces with piano on 21st February at 7.30pm, to adjudicators, friends and family in a finale performance. Winners will be announced at the end of the evening. 

2023 FINALISTS:

Aidan Phillips –Baritone
Alexandra Francis –
Soprano
Shiddharth Chand –
Tenor
Alfred Fonoti Fuimaono    –
Baritone
Erica Paterson –
Soprano
Fa’amanu Fonoti-Fuimaono –
Baritone
Jasmine Jessen –
Soprano
Jessica Webber –
Soprano
Emmanuel Fonoti-Fuimaono –
Tenor
Maeve Herd –
Soprano
Katherine Winitana –
Soprano
Rhiannon Cooper –
Soprano
Ridge Ponini –
Tenor  
Tayla Iris Alexander –
Soprano

FIRST PRIZE WINNER AND RUNNER-UP PERFORMANCE

MSO FAMILY CONCERT SUNDAY 21 MAY 5.00PM
DUE DROP EVENTS CENTRE

The First Prize Winner and Runner-up perform with the Manukau Symphony Orchestra popular arias at the MSO FAMILY CONCERT Sunday 21st May 2023, conducted by Brent Stewart.

For more information, visit the MSO Aria Competition Page.

Nicholas Tarling