Cook Islands opera singer Ridge Ponini recently auditioned for the prestigious Lexus Song Quest opera-singing competition in New Zealand. The Lexus Song Quest has been running for more than 60 years, and has been won in the past by such opera greats as Dame Malvina Major and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. CINews recently caught up with 22-year-old Ridge – currently studying hard towards a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Voice (Opera) at Otago University in Dunedin – to see how he went and to find out a bit more about this rising young singer.
Young opera singers Ipu Laga’aia and William Mataka Vuni landed on Rarotonga in the early hours of Tuesday morning starting an action-packed week for both of them.
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