Aspiring opera singers Aidan Phillips, Emily Dela Rue (both Year 13) and Anna Hamilton (Year 12) pitted themselves against some of Australasia’s best young singers in the 2017 New Zealand Aria competition, coming away with the following placings.
Aidan, in the 14 and under 21 years category, placed first for 'NZ Composer'; and in the 18 and under 21 years category, third for 'Folk or Traditional' and second for 'Light Entertainment'. He also took away the third place overall for this age category.
Emily competed in the 16 and under 18 years category and placed first for 'Own Selection', second for 'Folk or Traditional', as well as received highly commended for 'Light Entertainment'. Emily was second overall in this age category.
Anna took away second place for 'Light Entertainment', as well as very highly commended for 'Folk or Traditional' in the 16 and under 18 years category.
The New Zealand Aria competition is one of Australasia’s most prestigious singing competitions. The largest competition of its kind in the country, its fame has spread throughout Australasia’s world of opera. Entrants generally go on to forge careers in the opera world both in New Zealand and overseas.
For the full list of results visit the New Zealand Aria website
Photo Caption: Aidan Phillips