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Grammy award winning soprano Audrey Luna regularly performs on the world’s greatest stages including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, Houston Grand Opera, Teatro La Fenice, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Den Norske Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Cleveland Orchestra, Opera Hong Kong, Berlin Philharmonic, Salzburg Festival, Teatro la Fenice, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Teatro Dell’Opera di Roma, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, London Symphony, and Carnegie Hall.
Audrey Luna made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as the Queen of the Night in Julie Taymor’s production of Die Zauberflöte, and continued with roles such as Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Fiakermilli in Arabella, and Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann. Ms. Luna recently set the record for singing the highest written note on the Metropolitan Opera stage, A6, during the American premiere production of Thomas Adès’ new opera The Exterminating Angel, in the role Leticia, which she also created in the world premiere at the Salzburg Festival. In her triumphant performance of Ariel in The Tempest at The Metropolitan Opera, both musically and physically, working with choreographer Crystal Pite, The New York Times said: “Mr. Adès’s Ariel is a dazzling creation, and Ms. Luna conquers the role.” Her performance as Ariel in this production of The Tempest is available on DVD with Deutsche Grammphon; the DVD was awarded a French Diapason d’Or, and the 2013 Grammy Award for “Best Opera Recording.”
Hawaiian pianist, Maika’i Nash, returned to Hawaiʻi after 20 years abroad, to accept positions running the both the music and young artist program at Hawaiʻi Opera Theatre. He studied piano performance and collaborative piano with a focus on art song at McGill University in Montreal, then continued studying art song at the Schubert Institute in Vienna, privately in Paris. Maika’i did further studies as an opera coach at the Centre for Opera in Italy, continuing the following year as a faculty member. Maika’i has been on staff and faculty at Western University, McGill University, the University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould School, Javeriana University, in Bogota, Colombia and recently joined the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.
In 2019, he launched HI Arts Lab, a non profit whose mission it is to combine genres and styles of performing arts in topical venues across the State of Hawaii. Also armed with an educational initiative, the organization offers a variety of programs for students of all ages in Honolulu.
Maika’i has worked with opera companies throughout Canada, Colombia, and the United States and has also been engaged as an official pianist for the Metropolitan Opera. Currently, Maika’i is the official pianist for Disney within the State of Hawai’i and is a pianist and musical director with organizations such as the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Manoa Valley Theatre, Diamond Head Theatre, the I’m a Bright Kid Foundation, and more.