Tenor Ridge Ponini performs at Opera in Rarotonga. MELINA ETCHES/23101528
The audience was entertained by operatic Arias, classics and contemporary, “trying to get everyone on the edge of their seats and to have fun.”
Fa’i-So’oialo loves the stories of opera, the
emotional connection with the audience through those stories.
“They’re actually really relatable as well a lot of
the time, the loss of a loved one can be as general as that, and then all of
sudden it connects to the person, so it’s a very personal thing as well and
that’s all through story telling.”
Opera in Rarotonga certainly captivated the audience
with the exceptional display of rich tones and vocal talent on display staging awe-inspiring
The audience was mesmerised as the three Pacific opera
singers, Cook Islands tenor Ridge Ponini, mezza soprano Elisha Fai-So’oialo
(Samoa) and tenor Benjamin Fifita Makisi (Samoa/Tonga) showcased their outstanding
powerful voices which soared through the air breaking through the tranquil
Ponini, Fai-So'oialo, and Makisi delivered a blend of
heartfelt stories of the opera, individually captivating the audience with
their powerful and emotional renditions.
Their rich harmonious performances blended
Operatic Arias, classics and contemporary songs, entertained
the audience who soaked up the atmosphere sitting back quietly in awe and
appreciation, and applauding with praise.
It was indeed a magical and magnificent evening.
The concert was held over the weekend on both Friday
and Saturday night at Tamarind House on the sea side which provided an ideal
backdrop for the concert.
Gracing the occasion on Friday was none other than the
now retired opera singer from Aotearoa New Zealand, Dame Kiri Jeanette Claire
Te Kanawa, who is celebrated worldwide.
Dame Kiri performed Handel's Let the Bright Seraphim
at the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.
Kings Representative Sir Tom Marsters, Lady Tuaine
Marsters and Prime Minister Mark Brown also attended the Friday night opera.
Opera in Rarotonga was presented by Motone Productions
who are the husband and wife team of Glenda Tuaine and Maurice Newport.
Their company objective is to create events that take
Pasifika and Māori artistic product and showcase within the Pacific region and
all over the globe.
The event was sponsored by Bank of the Cook Islands
(BCI), Island Car and Bike Hire Ltd, Air Rarotonga, MOTU and Creative New