Cook Islands very own rising star tenor Ridge Ponini. SUPPLIED/23081818
The Bank of the Cook Islands (BCI) Opera in Rarotonga is set to return for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic next month.
Productions will relaunch the much-loved BCI Opera in Rarotonga event,
reigniting the Cook Islands’ love of opera.
event, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2019, the last year
it was held before the Covid-19 pandemic, is ready to deliver a thunderous
performance on October 13-14 at Tamarind House.
the support of partner sponsors Air Rarotonga, Motu Villas and Islands Car and
Bike Hire and Creative New Zealand, the 2023 line-up features world class opera
tenor Benjamin Fifitia Makisi known as the “voice of the South Pacific”.
Makisi was the very first tenor in opera in Rarotonga in 2010. His workshop at Tereora College influenced accompanying performer, the Cook Islands very own rising star tenor Ridge Ponini, who will also be returning for this year’s recital alongside another great singer and Opera in Rarotonga alumni vocal coach mezzo soprano Elisha Fai-So’oialo. She performed in Rarotonga and Aitutaki in 2013 and 2014.
the 2014 concert, Ponini was introduced to our opera audience as a young local
singer with ambition. Fai-So’oialo worked with Ponini assisting him to his
successful auditions at Otago University.
Productions said this trio of stunning Pacific performers will showcase a
repertoire of Opera classics, Pacific Imene and Waiata and contemporary songs
that everyone can connect too while entertaining with stories of how opera has
influenced their lives.
the opera is to reimagine and 2023 sees a new home for the concerts at Tamarind
House. This historic venue has the charm that will make this event one that connects
to the history of the Restaurant but also brings in new cuisine options to the concert
goers, says Motone Productions.
love to have the backdrop of the recital as Moana Nui a Kiva and
House’s view gives us that impact. Combining that with the opportunity to bring
a new cuisine option to our audience we are excited what this new venue will
offer.’ says Mo Newport of Motone Productions.
the week “POPERA” events will be happening where the singers may just pop up
next to you and sing, as well as Motones youth vocal workshops here in
Rarotonga and in Aitutaki thanks to the support of long-time supporter and
sponsor Air Rarotonga.
Tuaine of Motone Productions said: “The BCI Opera in Rarotonga embodies the
values of confidence and believing in yourself and the recitals and outreach
programme showcase Pacific performance in a genre of music that for many in the
past has been a space where Pacific Islanders did not adorn, this concert and programme
over the years has motivated change, built careers and performing arts futures.
It has enriched pride by performing Opera to our community and international
audiences in Rarotonga and Aitutaki and ignited opportunity and dreams.”
Opera in Rarotonga is now an important opera event on the touring calendar for
established and emerging Pacific opera singers, don’t miss out!
on sale from September 1. Online ticket sales available at Goraro.com from
September 1. Concert Ticket – $70 A reserve Restaurant and $60 B reserve
Garden. Dining options are not included in the ticket price.