Ipu Laga'aia will always be remembered for gate-crashing Dame Kiri Te Kanawa's gig in November 2019 when the Aotea Centre theatre was renamed in her honour. Her former student brought his own accompaniment back then — a guitar for his Spanish-style song, to which Dame Kiri danced the Flamenco.
Now Laga'aia is part of a line-up of some of Aotearoa's most accomplished performers: Sophie Morris (Mamma Mia, Cats, Grease), Rutene Spooner (Modern Maori Quartet), Chris McRae (Tosca, Don Pasquale, La Boheme) and Laughton Kora (founder and lead singer of Wellington band Kora).
This time the accompaniment is the New Zealand String Quartet, Four Suits and a Soprano, the chamber ensemble who have wowed audiences around the globe. They head on a nationwide tour this month until the end of May.
Laga'aia may always be remembered for his gate-crashing, but now he'll be creating new musical memories.
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