The Samling Artist Programme has made a profound impact on my musical life, and was a truly absorbing experience. I feel that my love of story-telling was amplified and supported: the way in which I approach text and the delivery of vocal music has been enriched. As well as having all the fun in the world, I feel incredibly lucky to have been taught and guided by the tutors, whose own passions and knowledge were a source of great inspiration to us singers.
Photo: Madison Nonoa at Samling Artist Programme Masterclass, November 2019. Photo credit: Mark Pinder
New Zealander Madison Nonoa is a recent graduate of the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama Opera Programme where she studied under the tutelage of Yvonne Kenny, AM. Since moving to the UK in 2017, Madison has performed numerous operatic roles including Susanna from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Tytania in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi; most recently Madison has featured as a soprano soloist in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Also at this year’s festival, Madison has sung as a chorus member and covered the role of First Spirit for the mainstage production of Cendrillon (Massenet); in August she made her operatic debut with the company as First Siren in Handel’s Rinaldo; Madison went on to cover the role of Almirena for the Glyndebourne Tour production of Rinaldo and is a 2019 Samling Artist. In 2020 she will perform the role of Asteria in Handel’s Tamerlano with Cambridge Handel Opera Company. She acknowledges the ongoing support of the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Dame Malvina Major Foundations.
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Samling Institute for Young Artists—through performance and learning opportunities—nurtures young classical singers and piano accompanists. From students to emerging professionals, hundreds of young artists have benefited since the charity was founded in 1996. They see their time with Samling Institute as a springboard and inspiration.