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Tongan Opera Singer - You Raise Me Up - Ben Makisi -

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Published on May 4, 2010

Ben singing at the ANZAC Military Tattoo in Australia 2006, a tribute to the soldiers.

BENJAMIN MAKISI SHORT BIOGRAPHY:

Lyric Tenor Benjamin Makisi was born in Wellington New Zealand. His magnificent voice has won him standing ovations around the worlHis early career was encouraged by his parents, as he sang in his local church choir. Early on he was able to win many scholarships including the The Lions Rotary Music Scholarship and the NZ Herald Aria Competition.

He went on to win many prestigious awards including the Lockwood Aria Competition in Rotorua and he is a proud recipient of the Willi Fels Memorial Award, which he has won five times. This bolstered his performance confidence enabling him to further his studies.

On an international level, he won The McDonald Aria Competition held in the Sydney Opera House in 2002 and was a Semi-Finalist at the Francesco Viñas Concourso Internationale in Barcelona, Spain in 2004. He completed his Masters Degree in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2004 following a Bachelor of Music in Performance at Victoria University of Wellington, NZ in 1992 His most privileged performance was in Auckland for HRH Prince Charles the Prince of Wales.

His Opera Repertoire includes roles in Cosi Fan Tutte, Norma, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly and Tales of Hoffman. His career moves him to many parts of the world including Italy, Spain, London, New York, San Diego, Washington DC, Hawaii, Berlin, Tonga, Samoa and Australia. Recent sell out concerts have taken him to Brisbane and Norfolk Island.


Repertoire
Opera
Ferrando: Così fan tutte
Count Almaviva: The Barber of Seville (NBRNZO)
Pollione: Norma (Gisborne Choral Society)
Pinkerton: Madama Butterfly
Duke of Mantua: Rigoletto (Opus Minor, Sydney)
Don Basilio: The Marriage of Figaro (Hawke's Bay Opera)
Don Curzio: The Marriage of Figaro (Wellington City Opera)
Rinuccio: Gianni Schicchi (WanganuiOpera)
Nathanaël/Frantz: The Tales of Hoffmann (Wellington Pocket Opera)

Musical Theatre
Prisoner/Muleteer/Turkish Moor: Man of La Mancha (Australian Tour)
Policeman: Jack the Ripper (Sydney)
Joseph: Starchild (Wellington)

Concert engagements
Berlioz Requiem - Grande Messe des morts (Sydney)
Haydn Die Schöpfung (Tongan United Wesley Choir)
Mendelssohn Elijah (Ars Nova, New Plymouth; Conservatorium of Music, Sydney)
Handel Messiah (Auckland Choral Society)
Mozart Mass in C (Wairarapa Festival)

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