Madison Nonoa is of Samoan, Niuean and New Zealand/European descent and holds a Bachelor of Music with a First Class Honours from the University of Auckland.
Madison made her debut professional performance in the role of Papagena in NZ Opera’s 2016 production of The Magic Flute. In the same year, Madison created the role of Joyce in Ross Harris' NZ Festival opera, Brass Poppies and was awarded third place in the 2016 Lexus Song Quest, where she was also awarded the $15,000 Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation scholarship for the singer with the most promise.
Madison is a recent graduate of the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama Opera Programme where she studied under the tutelage of Yvonne Kenny, AM. Since moving to the UK in 2017, Madison has performed numerous operatic roles including Susanna from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Tytania in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi; most recently Madison has featured as a soprano soloist in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Also at this year’s festival, Madison has sung as a chorus member and covered the role of First Spirit for the mainstage production of Cendrillon (Massenet); in August she made her operatic debut with the company as First Siren in Handel’s Rinaldo; Madison went on to cover the role of Almirena for the Glyndebourne Tour production of Rinaldo and is a 2019 Samling Artist. In 2020 she will perform the role of Asteria in Handel’s Tamerlano with Cambridge Handel Opera Company. She acknowledges the ongoing support of the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Dame Malvina Major Foundations.