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Samoan opera singer Pene Pati wins the Opera Magazine Readers’ Award

APIA, SAMOA – 29 NOVEMBER 2022: Samoan tenor, Pene Pati has triumphed at the International Opera Awards 2022 winning the Readers Award – the only award voted for by the public.

As well as being a member of popular trio Sol3 Mio, Pati’s star has continued to rise over the past few years and he has performed at some of the world’s greatest opera houses and recently released his debut solo album on Warner Classics to critical acclaim.

He was hailed as ​“the most exceptional tenor discovery of the last decade” (Opéra-Online) after his early debuts as ll Duca di Mantova (Rigoletto) at San Francisco Opera under Nicola Luisotti and Percy (Anna Bolena) at Opéra National de Bordeaux under Paul Daniel.

Accepting the award via video, Pati said: “What an absolute surprise! Thank you to everyone who voted – what an amazing feeling to know that your singing has touched many people. When you’re from little old Samoa on the other side of the globe, you never quite imagine that your voice will reach this far, so thank you truly from the bottom of my heart and I hope to sing for you in the near future.”

You can view his video acceptance speech here.

Pati as SOL3 MIO
Pati as SOL3 MIO

Being a member of popular trio Sol3 Mio.