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Tayla Alexander is a soprano with global ambition who has been awarded the bicentennial scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in London, which will see her complete an intensive masters programme from September 2024.

At the age of 18 she became the youngest person in New Zealand to create a foundation to financially and professionally support talented Kiwis. Tayla has achieved First Class Honours at the University of Auckland for her Bachelor of Music with honours and was selected as a 2023 New Zealand Opera Studio Artist. She received mentoring by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and attended the New Zealand Opera School in Whanganui for a second year in 2023 on scholarship. She performed in a 16-show run in Tokyo playing Christine in the Original Phantom of the Opera and works regularly as a soloist with the New Zealand Opera company, the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland Youth Orchestra and the Auckland Opera Studio.

Tayla’s accolades include being a 2022 Lexus Song Quest semi-finalist, winning the 2023 AIMES award in Music, Ronald Dellow Senior Vocal Recital Competition, the Evelyn M Harrison Scholarship and performing as a solo guest with SOL3MIO at Auckland's Spark Arena.

Throughout May and June, Tayla is touring with the New Zealand Opera company as a principal playing Alice in Rossini's Le Comte Ory.