2019–20 Season: Romeo, Romeo and Juliet
Samoan-born New Zealander and tenor Pene Pati made his San Francisco Opera debut as Count Lerma in Don Carlo in 2015 and, along with other roles, added the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto to his Company credits in 2017 while a San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow.
Since graduating from the Adler program, he has performed with New Zealand’s Festival Opera in a new production of Madama Butterfly, Alfredo in La Traviata for Opera San José and made his role debut as Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore with New Zealand Opera.
He has been awarded an array of prizes in recent years, including the prestigious Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation’s Bel Canto Award in 2012, the Dame Malvina Major Foundation’s New Zealand Aria Award in 2009, and took both second and audience prize at Operalia (2015), second prize at the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition, and first place at the Montserrat Caballé International Aria Competition.
He holds a master’s degree in voice from the Wales International Academy of Voice. Pati, along with his brother Amitai Pati and their cousin Moses Mackay, comprise the highly successful New Zealand vocal trio SOL3 MIO, which mixes both classical and contemporary music.
Future plans include Percy in Anna Bolena at Opéra National de Bordeaux and La Traviata with Hawaii Opera Theatre.