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24 MARCH 2024

Pasefika immigrants to Aotearoa NZ of the 1950’s - 70’s had a list of dreams for whanau - but opera singer wasn’t on it. Today Pasefika opera singers are global. But it wasn’t always this way. At the finale of the Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki Auckland Arts Festival we take you back to where it all began, with a once in a lifetime concert with the pioneers of Pacific opera, The O.Gs. Coming home to sing and to share their stories is a veritable who’s who of opera.

Aivale Cole (soprano), Ben Makisi (tenor), Siliga Sani Muliaumaseali’i (tenor), Eddie Muliaumaseali’i (bass baritone), Lotte Latukefu (mezzo soprano), and special guest star, Deborah Wai Kapohe (soprano).

PATRON Jonathan Lemalu (ONZM)

Each has a different story.  All have the same story.

Celebrate the triumphs and learn about challenges faced by these pioneering wave makers.

An afternoon of storytelling through opera and pacific song  and movement.

Bellini, Mozart, Verdi, Strauss, Gershwin, Sondheim & more. With choir and orchestra conducted by Dr Opeloge Ah Sam. Choreography by Iosefa Enari MNZM. Conceived and directed by Siliga Sani Muliaumasealii.


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We made history this pandemic year, when I conceived

Richard Wagner's  RING CYCLE . As a concert with movement

the undertaking was met with huge acclaim both critically and

by the audiences.

I sang Siegfried in the titular opera and in also in Götterdämmerung, 

I directed, produced, choreographed and cast the entire cycle too!

It was wonderful. 

Das Rheingold  Oct 30 2021

19:00 -21:40

Die Walküre   Nov 6 2021

16:00 - 22:00

Siegfried  Nov 13 2021

16:00 -22:20

Götterdämmerung Nov 20 2021 

16:00 -22:20

​Following on from the success of our 2019 concert Siegfried The Wagner Blade, GAFA are going three better presenting Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen in its four opera entirety. 

'Wagner's Nordic saga of power, greed, love and the curse of the coveted ring intertwines like the Rhine with Pacific mythology and history. 

Maestro Stephen Anthony Brown with the Rosenau Sinfonia leads a talented cast of Wagnerian singers from across the globe. 

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