This season the Samoan tenor Amitai Pati makes his European debut as Bizet’s Nadir in concert performances of Les pêcheurs de perles presented by Les Grandes Voix in Paris and Compiegne under Arie van Beek. Amitai makes his Canadian debut this season in Verdi’s Requiem with the National Art Centre Orchestra under Alexander Shelley. Amitai reprises this repertoire in China when he makes his Shenzhen debut with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Choral Fantasy.
A former Adler Fellow, Amitai’s commitments in San Francisco last season included Beppe in I pagliacci conducted by Daniele Callegari, Lord Cecil in Roberto Devereux under Riccardo Frizza, and Angel Quartet in Jake Heggie’s It's a Wonderful Life conducted by Patrick Summers. Elsewhere Amitai has recently recorded La fanciulla del West and Madama Butterfly with the Gulbenkian Orchestra under Lawrence Foster, due for release by Pentatone.
Amitai received his master’s degree in advanced vocal studies at the Wales International Academy of Voice under the tutelage of tenor Dennis O’Neill. In 2014, he was invited to join the Young Singers Project in Salzburg, Austria, where he appeared in performances and concerts including La favorite with Elīna Garanča, Juan Diego Flórez, and Ludovic Tézier, and the tenor solo in Mozart’s Spatzenmesse under Christoph Koncz. Following this, Amitai became a participant of the 2016 Merola Opera Program, singing his first principal role as Ferrando in Così fan tutte under Mark Morash. During this time he has developed a wide repertoire including Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Gastone in La traviata and Borsa in Rigoletto, both under the baton of Nicola Luisotti.
An experienced concert artist, Amitai has toured with the New Zealand Youth Choir, Graduate Choir, and the Auckland University Choir. He has sung in master classes with the many great singers including Joseph Rouleau, Della Jones, Dame Josephine Barstow, Dame Anne Murray and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
Amitai, along with his brother Pene Pati and their cousin Moses Mackay, comprise the highly successful New Zealand vocal trio SOL3 MIO, which mixes both classical and contemporary music.