Madison Nonoa is currently a student of Yvonne Kenny at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she is a soprano Artist Masters student in the prestigious Opera Strudies programme. Originally from the Waikato, Madison received a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) from the University of Auckland, after which she was selected as an Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera; during her internship she made her operatic debut as Papagena in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Joyce in the world premier of Ross Harris’ new opera, Brass Poppies.
Madison has performed nationally and internationally as a concert soloist, a recent concert series in Australia with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra resulting in a CD recording: “Noel! Noel!”. Competition highlights include being the first prize winner of the Dame Malvina Major Arias in Christchurch and Wellington, as well as placing first in the Napier Aria, Tauranga competitions and receiving 2nd prize in the New Zealand Aria Competition. Madison was a finalist in the 2016 Lexus Song Quest, where she was selected as the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation “Most Promising Singer”.
Madison is an alumna of the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir, New Zealand Youth Choir, New Zealand Summer Singing School, New Zealand Opera School and she proudly acknowledges the ongoing support of the Dame Malvina Major Foundation and the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. Since arriving in London, Madison has been a finalist in two Guildhall School-wide competitions, a semi-finalist in the London Bach Society Competition, and she recently performed the role of Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with Bloomsbury Opera. This is her second main role for Auckland Opera Studio, with whom she is proud to continue a close relationship as a student and peformer.
Upcoming engagements include: Despina (Mozart: Cosi fan tutte) and Titania (Britten: A Midsummer Night’s Dream) with GSMD, London.