Tayla Alexander

Soprano

By the age of five, Tayla Alexander was performing the national anthem to an audience of 500, by ten she had released a debut album which charted in the top 10 on the independent music New Zealand Album charts, and by eleven had performed to more than 150 000 people at Christmas in the Park. At fifteen, she was the youngest ever singer to be on scholarship at the Auckland Opera Studio and had toured with an orchestra in a Baroque tour. At 18, she fundraised and set up the Tayla Made foundation, a non-profit organisation with the goal of supporting other struggling singers like herself. She was a 2022 semi-finalist in the prestigious Lexus Song Quest at the age of 21 and was selected to perform in the 12,000 capacity Spark Arena as a soloist with internationally acclaimed SOL3MIO; live streamed on national TV and online globally.

At 22, she completed the Bachelor of Music (honours) with first class honours at the University of Auckland and spent the year as one of four 2023 Studio Artist’s with New Zealand’s national opera company and have been mentored by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Apart from appearing on TV shows both nationally and internationally, other key milestones include performing several principal roles for a new work The Unruly Tourists composed by Luke Di Somma for the NZO company, and Performing in the chorus of their mainstage productions Macbeth and Cosi fan tutte. This year, she performed as a soloist at New Zealand’s Opera in the Park, was a Soloist for the Auckland Youth Orchestra 2023 film festival, and attended Wanganui Opera School for the second time on scholarship.

Roles she has sung so far include: Helene from Der Häusliche Krieg (Schubert) with the Brisbane National Opera programme, Pamina from Die Zauberflöte, La Voce and Stella from Tales of Hoffman, Narrator and chorus from The Rape of Lucretia, and Witch one from opera scenes from Dido and Aeneas. She also had the privilege to perform Maria from West Side Story in concert with Auckland Philharmonia, and most recently played Lisa from Bach’s Coffee Cantata at the Marlborough Opera festival, singing snippets from other roles such as Fiordiligi and Giulietta.

She has just completed the operatic role of Christine in Ken Hill’s Phantom of the Opera in a 16 show run in Tokyo with Stewert Macpherson production company. Alongside being a semifinalist in the 2022 Lexus Song Quest, she has won several senior vocal competitions, some of which include the Ronald Dellow Senior Vocal Recital Competition, The Norah Howell Senior Vocal Competition, SAPACS Aria Competition, and was a finalist at the 2019 and 2020 Dame Malvina Major Aria Competition. She was a 2014, 2019 and 2023 AIMES award winner, a recipient of the Veza Family Scholarship in music, Kate Edger Educational Trust Award in music and the Evelyn Hugo scholarship and was the recipient for the McMinn Rising Star Award from the Variety Artists Club of NZ.

As of now, Tayla has been offered and accepted a position at the Royal Academy of Music in London and will be officially moving in August for a one year intensive masters followed by an opera programme.