Carnegie Hall debut for UWTSD graduate


University of Wales Trinity Saint David graduate Pene Pati has made his debut performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Carnegie Hall debut

Pene graduated from UWTSD’s Wales International Academy of Voice in 2012. An operatic tenor from New Zealand, he has gone on to enjoy great success as an Adler fellow with San Francisco Opera where he has played roles in Aïda, Don Carlo, Madame Butterfly, and Rigoletto. He also returns to New Zealand regularly to perform with the trio Sol3 Mio, a group consisting of Pene and his brother Amitai, who both sing tenor, and their cousin, baritone Moses Mackay. All three members of the group studied at WIAV and as Sol3 Mio, they’ve had several chart-topping albums and many sell-out concerts.

WIAV’s Head of Music Jane Samuel said: “We always knew Pene would go on to do great things and we are all immensely proud of him.”

Pene’s debut at Carnegie Hall was part of the 2017 Richard Tucker Gala and was also his New York debut. He sang ‘La donna è mobile’ from Rigoletto by Verdi, an opera which he performed to great acclaim in his debut role with San Francisco Opera. The Richard Tucker Gala is an annual performance in which promising young operatic talent is recognised in one of the most famous music venues in the world.

The Wales International Academy of Voice is an operatic academy run by world-renowned tenor Dennis O’Neill, CBE. It offers a selection of specialist programmes that prepare young artists to an industry-ready level. Students work with the best vocal technicians, coaches, visiting eminent conductors and international stars from the operatic world. The Academy offers an MA in Advanced Vocal Studies, and a PGDip in Advanced Pianoforte (Repetiteur and Accompaniment). In 2017, the Academy launched a BA Vocal Studies programme. This intensive 2-year degree is both vocational and practical, specifically designed to equip the developing singer with the skills needed to pursue a career in singing.

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