Benjamin Makisi “The Tenor of the Pacific”
Ben was born in Wellington NZ where he began singing in church. He is of Tongan and Samoan descent and does look like a member of the ‘All Blacks’, but he is a man of gentle character although I am not sure you would want to cross him.
He graduated with a Master of Performance (Opera) gaining a High Distinction from the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from Victoria University of Wellington. He also received his tutoring in New York, London, and Italy.
Ben’s credits, awards, and performances run like an encyclopedia. He has performed with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Malvina Major, Sir Donald McIntyre and the Late Sir Howard Morrison. He had also sung for the State funeral of Sir Edmund Hillary broadcasted all around the world. He has performed in the best opera houses; New York, London, Tuscany, Barcelona, London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Pacific Islands.
Let us just say he can sing and we are now happy he lives near Bristol and is currently available to P&O. The list of his dates are here.
For those who wish to know some of his classical credits, they are as listed on his web site: He recently performed the role of Abdallo in Nabucco by VERDI for Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra – Opera in Concert and Leicester in Maria Stuarda by DONIZETTI for Days Bay Opera, Wellington; the Narrator in Berlioz L’enfance du Christe for Bach Musica Viva in Auckland; St Nicholas by BRITTEN for Nota Bene in Wellington; the Tenor Soloist in Carmina Burana by ORFF for Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Conte Libenskof in The Journey to Rheims by ROSSINI for Days Bay Opera 2010; Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor by DONIZETTI for Opera Australia 2008; Pang in Turandot by PUCCINI and Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor by DONIZETTI for NBR NZ Opera 2007; Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte by MOZART 2004 and Count Almaviva in Barber of Seville by ROSSINI 2003 for NBR NZ Opera Tour. He also performed the role of Prisoner/Muleteer/Turkish Moor alongside Anthony Warlow and Caroline O’Connor in the musical Man of La Mancha by WASSERMAN 2002.
His awards are too numerous to mention but do go to his site to see them listed.
You can contact Ben through his web site. Click here.
Ben mainly works with P&O. Ben’s 2017 Calendar