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Emmanuel Fonoti-Fuimaono is a Samoan tenor from Flaxmere, Hastings. His passion for music began in church during family prayers and took form after joining Project Prima Volta, which introduced him to the world of classical music. In 2023, Emmanuel won the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition and the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Award Scholarship (previously known as McDonald Aria) as well as the inaugural winner of the Nicholas Tarling Aria Competition. In 2022, Fonoti-Fuimaono won the Lockwood NZ Aria, the Dame Malvina Major NZ Opera School Award, and was a finalist in the Lexus Song Quest and received the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Scholarship for Potential.

He has attended the New Zealand Opera School from 2019-2022. Emmanuel is excited to audition for young artist programs in the UK, US, and Europe this year. He wants to inspire young people from all backgrounds to appreciate the magic of classical music and singing.