So awesome to see Polys doing well in Opera! Check him out in the promo vid above for Operanesia (a collaboration between four classically trained singers who all hail from Auckland via the Pacific Islands of Samoa and Tonga)
The Baritone singer won the acclaimed Lexus Song Quests Grand Gala Final last night and was crowned 'Most Promising Opera Singer'. He was up against 3 other finalists - 2 of whom were also of Pasifika descent. His prize package included an immediate cash prize of $20,000, a Study Scholarship of $27,000, plus economy international travel up to the value of $3,000.
He has been a member of the New Zealand Youth choir since 2011 and also works as a vocal coach at several high schools in Auckland. He's hoping to pursue post graduate training at one of the elite music institutions in the UK next year.
We're looking forward to hearing more from #BaritoneBenson in the future - Bravo Benson!