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WIAV Graduates Receive Adler Fellowships


Two graduates from Wales International Academy of Voice (WIAV), a world-class institution within the University Of Wales Trinity Saint David, have received Adler Fellowship awards from the San Francisco Opera Centre.

Amina Edris and Pene Pati, both MA graduates of WIAV were among twelve recipients of the prestigious fellowship. The Adler Fellowship is a multi-year performance-oriented residency offering advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching and professional seminars, as well as a wide range of performance opportunities.  Adler Fellows gain valuable professional experience by participating in roles of increasing importance in San Francisco Opera’s repertory season and also enjoy a variety of performance opportunities throughout their fellowship.

Amina Edris, an Egyptian-born New Zealander is a winner of the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria Competition and the Deborah Reidel award in the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award Competition 2013. She has also been awarded a Western Regional Special Encouragement Award in the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. The roles in her repertory include Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Serpina (La Serva Padrona), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore) and Gilda (Rigoletto).

Pene Pati, is a Samoan-born New-Zealander. Having been awarded an array of prizes in recent years, including the prestigious Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonygne Bel Canto Award in 2012 and the Dame Malvina Major Foundation New Zealand Aria award in 2009, Pati has most recently taken first place at the Montserrat Caballé International Aria Competition. Pene, along with his brother Amitai Pati and their cousin Moses Mackay- who are also both WIAV graduates-  comprise the highly successful New Zealand vocal trio SOL3 MIO, which mixes both classical and contemporary music.

WIAV, established by Dennis O’Neill, provides a highly specialised and unique environment for a small number of exceptional singers at the early-professional stage, selected and recruited globally, to develop and polish their talent to the highest professional standards.

The best coaches, language experts and vocal technicians are complemented by visiting eminent conductors and national and international stars from the Operatic world.

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Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014