Arthur Adams-Close will be completing his BMus(Hons) in classical voice performance with Dr Te Oti Rakena and conducting with Dr Karen Grylls at the University of Auckland in June 2020. Major performances during his time at the university includes the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro Act II (2019), ‘Le Chat’ in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (2017), and Schubert’s song cycle Die schöne Müllerin (Summer Research Scholarship recital 2019).
Arthur has been a member of the NZ Youth Choir since 2016, and Voices NZ and the NZ Opera Chorus since 2018, and is a 2020 Freemasons Artist with NZ Opera. He is also an alum of the NZ Secondary Students’ Choir, the University of Auckland Chamber Choir, the Auckland Youth Orchestra, IFAC Handa NZ Singing School (as singer in 2017 and as intern conductor in 2019), and have been involved in Opera Factory performances since a young age. In 2017 and 2018 Arthur competed in the New Zealand Aria (under 21) and the North Shore Performing Arts (senior vocal) competitions with much success, including the Under-21 years NZ Aria Award.
As a teacher and conductor, Arthur currently works at Saint Kentigern, St Peter’s, and Sacred Heart Colleges in Auckland, and has recently been appointed as the conductor of the Auckland University Students’ Chamber Orchestra.