New Zealand soprano Madison Nonoa holds a Masters degree in Music from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied under the tutelage of Yvonne Kenny on the prestigious Opera Course. Since graduating in 2019, Madison has made her debut at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera as First Siren/Rinaldo and was selected as a 2020/2021 Jerwood Young Artist for the Festival. Madison was named a Samling Artist in 2020 and is a current Britten-Pears Young Artist and OAE Rising star, as well as a former Dame Malvina Major Emerging Young Artist with New Zealand Opera, where she made her debut as Papagena/Die Zauberflöte.
Operatic roles include Amor/Orfeo ed Euridice, Susanna/Le Nozze di Figaro, Despina/Cosí fan tutte, Tytania/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi, Giulietta/I Capuleti ed I Montecchi, Almirena and First Siren/Rinaldo, Ciboulette/Mesdames de la Halle, First Spirit/Cendrillon, Papagena/Die Zauberflote, Ifigenia/Oreste, Leonora/The Long Christmas Dinner and Amor/Orfeo ed Euridice.
Madison has performed nationally and internationally with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra as a concert soloist resulting in a CD recording “Noel! Noel!” and with the London Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall. Competition highlights include being the first prize winner of the Dame Malvina Major Arias in Christchurch and Wellington, as well as being awarded the first prize in the Napier Aria, Tauranga competitions and receiving 2nd prize in the New Zealand Aria Competition. She was a semi-finalist in the London Bach Singing competition and the International Handel Singing Competition and a finalist in the 2016 Lexus Song Quest, where she was selected as the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation “Most Promising Singer”.
Recent highlights for Madison have included her festival debuts at the Salzburg and Whitsun Festivals, performing as Amore/Orfeo ed Euridice with Cecilia Bartoli and Gianluca Capuano, Amour/Orphée et Eurydice with Raphaël Pichon with Ensemble Pygmalion at the Pulsations Festival in Bordeaux, and her house and role debut as the title role in Dido and Aeneas for the Ustinov Studio at the Theatre Royal Bath. Other recent operatic engagements include Madison’s festival debut as the title role in Acis and Galatea for the London Handel Festival, her house debut in the role of Maria/West Side Story for Opera du Rhin and Papagena/Die Zauberflöte at Glyndebourne.
Upcoming operatic engagements include Amor/(m)Orpheus with New Zealand Opera, her house and role debut as Voce Dal Cielo / Don Carlo for Opéra de Monte-Carlo as well as a return to Opera du Rhin in the role of Galatea / Polifemo conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm.
On the concert platform, upcoming performances include further appearances as an OAE Rising Star, in particular for their performance of Bach’s Easter Oratorio, as well as appearing as soprano soloist in Schubert’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the Royal Northern Sinfonia.