“Having the support of the Managing Director, Vaine Nooana-Arioka and the team at BCI for our 10th year celebration and a 3 year term gives such a positive endorsement to Opera in Rarotonga as an iconic and important part of the direction and future of our creative industry events. BCI work with us to develop the event and program. They are a partner that is committed to developing our rising Opera talent, the performing arts and events management industry utilising local sound and lighting technicians, stage managers, photographers, film makers, musician’s designers and connected businesses to build and innovate arts enterprise.” Said Glenda Tuaine of Motone Productions.
The BCI Opera in Rarotonga 2019 will see 10 artists who have graced the stage over the years return to provide Rarotonga with a showcase concert like none other. The first concert will be held on Friday 31st May under the Domes at the Auditorium with the support of the Ministry of Culture, and is a family event. This will be Rarotonga’s very first Opera in Park style event with the 10 singers performing a 2.5 hour concert that will be filled with Opera songs as well as Disney classics and Pacific Island songs.
“In 2017 Motone introduced to our community Keani Taruia -Pora our very own Mezzo Soprano and future Conductor who is coming back to perform and we are excited to announce that 2019 will be the welcoming home concert for our very first Cook Islands born Tenor and rising star Ridge Ponini who will be taking the stage with 9 other singers” Says Mo Newport of Motone.
The family concert will be an evening to sit with your anau, bring a rug and grab some great food from local vendors or bring a picnic and enjoy an evening that celebrates young Cook Island and Pacific singers. Entry is $15.00 for adults and $7.00 for children under 12 years.
With BCI celebrating the banks 18th Birthday in June, Opera in Rarotonga is an event that acknowledges the role that BCI has in the Cook Islands community. Each year Motone works with BCI to further develop the education and outreach program which includes school workshops in Rarotonga and Aitutaki as well as a concert recital at the Creative Centre which is always a highlight for the artists.
It is through these workshops that Ridge Ponini realised he wanted to pursue a career as an Opera singer and this year Motone is excited to announce that through the support of Air Rarotonga and Edgewater Resort and Spa they will be selecting 2 lucky workshop participants from Araura college to attend the concert program here in Rarotonga.
“Each year when we have gone to Araura our Opera singers have commented how talented the kids in Aitutaki are. We wanted to take that to another level and see if we can develop a future singer from Araura. Attending the concerts and being able to see the singers live can only be inspirational and we are so grateful to Air Raro and Edgewater for understanding that” said Tuaine.
On Sunday 2nd of June an evening concert will be held at Coastal Kitchen as the pinnacle celebration concert. This exclusive event for 250 people will be the opportunity to dress up and enjoy a bubbles thanks to CITC Liquors ongoing support and canapés on arrival with each table receiving antipasta platters during the course of the concert with a program that allows the audience for an intimate up close recital that will be a unique and inspiring evening.
Tickets are limited for this event and cost $120.00 per person.
Opera in Rarotonga provides an opportunity for artists, schools workshop participants and audience from the Cook Islands, New Zealand, the wider Pacific, and the International tourist market that we have on our doorstep here in Rarotonga to learn from, and appreciate the talent and skills of the Polynesian artists we promote. With The Bank of the Cook Islands on board for a further 3 years the event is firmly a Cook Islands Creative Industry landmark.
Tickets are on sale from the 10th of May.