Release date: 3/31/2014

Darren Pene Pati Withdraws from 2014 Adler Fellowship Program

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San Francisco Opera Center today announced that tenor Darren Pene Pati, who was previously announced as a 2014 Adler Fellow, has withdrawn from the program. San Francisco Opera Center’s Adler Fellowship is one of the nation’s most acclaimed programs providing training for young musical artists. The tenor, who is currently on tour with his successful vocal trio SOL3 MIO in his home country of New Zealand, sites logistical problems as the reason for his withdrawal.
 
Despite his abrupt release from the Adler Fellowship program, Darren Pene Pati has confirmed his intentions to perform his April 27 Schwabacher Debut Recital at Temple Emanu-El’s Martin Meyer Sanctuary.  The recital, co-sponsored by San Francisco Opera Center and the Merola Opera Program, will include songs from composers Richard Strauss, Roger Quilter and Paolo Tosti, among others, as well as a selection of songs with guitar from his native Samoa. The recital will be accompanied on piano by current Adler Fellow Sun Ha Yoon.
 
Darren Pene Pati commented from New Zealand, “Over the past couple of weeks I have agonized over the significant logistical problem I currently face. After intense discussion, I have arrived at the heartbreaking conclusion that due to other commitments, joining the Adler Program this year will not be possible. I send my heartfelt thanks to San Francisco Opera for all of their support; I was honored to be accepted as an Adler Fellow and it is with great sorrow that I recuse myself from the program. The operatic stage remains my dream, and I plan to return in the future to achieve that goal.”
 
San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald said, “We are very sad to lose Darren Pene Pati from our Adler roster. He is a young man who shows much promise as an operatic tenor, but we are also happy that he is having great success with SOL3 MIO and understand the importance of dedicating time and energy to that group. We look forward to hearing him on opera stages around the world in the future, including the War Memorial Opera House, as well as his successful work with SOL3 MIO.”
           
Darren Pene Pati is an alumnus of the 2013 Merola Opera Program where he performed selections as Don Carlo (Don Carlo), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Fritz (L’Amico Fritz), Des Grieux (Manon) and Candide (Candide). The Samoan tenor’s other recent performances include Elvino (La Sonnambula) with the Auckland Opera Studio and appearances with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra and Hamilton Civic Choir. Pati has been a recipient of numerous awards, including the Richard Bonynge & Joan Sutherland Bel Canto Award, the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria Award, the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Award, and the Performing Arts Competition Society “New Zealand Young Performer of the Year” award, among others. Darren Pene Pati, along with his brother Amitai Pati and their cousin Moses Mackay, comprise the Samoan New Zealand vocal trio SOL3 MIO, which mixes both classical and contemporary music. In 2013 SOL3 MIO released their first self-titled album with Universal Records and are currently in the midst of their first national tour of New Zealand.
 
SCHWABACHER DEBUT RECITAL SERIES TICKETS AND INFORMATION
San Francisco Opera Center and the Merola Opera Program present tenor Darren Pene Pati and pianist Sun Ha Yoon in the final Schwabacher Debut Recital of the season. The recital takes place on Sunday, April 27, 5:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El’s Martin Meyer Sanctuary (Two Lake Street, at Arguello, in San Francisco).  Single tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling the San Francisco Opera Box Office (Mon. 10 am-5 pm, Tues.-Sat. 10 am-6 pm) at (415) 864-3330.  Student Rush tickets are available for $15 at Temple Emanu-El 30 minutes prior to each recital (limit of two tickets per person; valid ID is required; subject to availability).  For more information, visit sfopera.com/schwabacher.
ABOUT SOL3 MIO
Comprised of tenor brothers Darren Pene and Amitai Pati and their baritone cousin Moses Mackay, SOL3 MIO is the combination of three powerful and moving operatic voices with a dash of irrepressible humor. In 2013 Universal Music New Zealand released SOL3 MIO’s self-titled debut album, which spent 13 weeks at the top of the New Zealand charts and was the best selling album in the country of the entire year. The album went Gold in its first week and 5x Platinum in only 6 weeks, and Decca Records will release the album internationally in April 2014. SOL3 MIO’s first national tour in New Zealand has been extremely successful with many sold-out performances. For more information, visit sol3mio.com.