Lexus Song Quest Talent stuns preliminary judges
Posted on 18 July 2012
As this edition of Aria goes to press the names of the 12 semi-finalists in the 2012 Lexus Song Quest were announced. The list includes young Dunedin based baritone Kawiti Waetford (pictured) who has been supported by the Foundation for nearly 3 years and mentored by Dame Kiri. In 2011 with the support of the Foundation he attended the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto in Italy. Eminent NZ bass-baritone Preliminary Judge Rodney Macann (a Foundation Trustee) said “ NZ continues to punch above its weight when it come to the production of world-class opera singers.
Hearing the latest crop of outstanding young singers in the Lexus Song Quest convinces me that the future is looking very bright indeed.”
The six finalists will be announced on July 14.