Winner of the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award, New Zealand born Samoan soprano Marlena Devoe also won the Richard Bonynge Award and the Tait Memorial Prize. She completed her MA in Advanced Vocal Studies with Distinction at the Wales International Academy of Voice, studying with Nuccia Focile and Dennis O’Neill. Her roles included Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème.
Prior to her studies in Cardiff, Marlena Devoe studied at the University of Auckland, graduating with a degree in Italian and German. Following a language exchange programme in Florence, she studied at the Manhatten School of Music in New York.
In Masterclasses, she has worked with Rebecca Evans, Dame Della Jones, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Nelly Miricioiu, Ann Murray DBE, Virginia Zeani, Richard Bonynge and David Gowland. Concert engagements have included performances alongside Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Andrea Bocelli, Jonathan Lemalu and Simon O’Neill.
In 2013, she attended the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto, which led to an invitation to sing Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at the 2014 Verbier Festival conducted by Jésus Lopez-Cobos.
Marlena Devoe is delighted to be making her debut with Singapore Lyric Opera.