AMP scholarship lets singer follow her dream

  • 13/11/2015
Amelia Berry (Paul Henry)
Amelia Berry (Paul Henry)

Opera singer Amelia Berry’s been awarded a $10,000 AMP Scholarship.

The scholarships are for Kiwis who “want to do their thing.”

AMP is giving away 12 scholarships to lucky Kiwis like Amelia.

Amelia is a 27 year-old opera singer from Porirua.

After seeing something special in her Kapa haka performances, her high school teachers encouraged her into a music degree.

At University her tutors saw her potential and that's when she discovered her gift of singing Soprano.

Standing in front of her dream is the fiercely competitive audition season in New York. 

Amelia's goal is to make her professional debut in the big international houses and sing on the stages of the world.

She fell in love with opera when she was a child after hearing recordings of Kiri Te Kanawa and was so inspired by the way she started out in NZ and ended up being an international star.

After finishing her music degree in Wellington, Amelia was accepted into the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where she learned the discipline, self-motivation and strength she would need for a career in opera. 

She made her debut with New Zealand Opera in a leading role at 24 years old and has since been asked back to sing each season.

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