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Sitiveni Talei
Baritone
Australian-born, Sitiveni spent his childhood in Fiji, his father's home country. After completing his schooling in Australia and studying Voice at the Australian National University, he attended the Yorke Trust Summer Opera Company in Norfolk, United Kingdom, in 2003.

After being offered a place with the West Australian Opera Chorus, Sitiveni moved to Perth in 2005. Invited to join the 2008 Young Artist Program at West Australian Opera, he toured Western Australia with the Opera and Education Program in 2008/2009.

In 2010 Sitiveni Talei performed three major roles with West Australian Opera: Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, Morales in Carmen and Alessio in La sonnambula.

Sitiveni also sang in the inaugural Australian Shakespeare Festival in 2010, both in concert and in the opera Sir John in Love.

In July of 2009 Sitiveni participated in the Summer School at the International Vocal Arts Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel, performing the role of Baron Duphol and covering Papa Germont in a production of La traviata. He also performed in concert, recitals and master classes during his five weeks there.

In 2008 Sitiveni Talei won the Marianne Mathy Scholarship as part of the Australian National Singing Competition. He was also awarded the Nelly Apt Scholarship and the audience-determined Foster Award.

His other performing credits include: Belcore in L'elisir d'amore, Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro, Jake Wallace in La fanciulla del West, Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly and Sailor in The Love of the Nightingale. He has understudied the title role in Rigoletto, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Dottore Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia , and Amonasro in Aida for West Australian Opera. Njegus in The Merry Widow, L'Horloge Comtoise, L'enfant et les sortilèges for George Limb Opera Company, Libertone in L'incoronazione di Poppea (Yorke Trust Summer Opera, UK).

Recent concert appearances include bass soloist in Handel's Messiah, Bach's St John Passion, and St Matthew Passion, Faure's Requiem, and Vaughan Williams' Five Sacred Songs.