—New Zealand Herald
The glorious voices of Pene, his brother Amitai and their cousin Moses Mackay rose over one another in a mock battle that was mirrored in their teasing on-stage demeanour before meeting in concert for the stupendous final forte the audience was waiting for.
A lively evening of classical favorites and popular song with three of opera's shining lights! Sol3 Mio is the fun-loving trio of two tenor brothers, Pene and Amitai Pati, and their baritone cousin, Moses Mackay, all born in Samoa and raised in New Zealand. Pene Pati brought the house down at San Francisco Opera last season, when he stepped in as understudy in the lead role for the opening night of Gounod's Romeo and Juliet. As the San Francisco Chronicle raved, "He's got a vigorous, full-bodied sound with a lustrous mid-range and glorious, perfectly placed top notes...Pati sings in a gleaming, sensuous stream of sound." The charismatic and convivial trio sings timeless opera arias such as "Nessun Dorma" as well as popular hits like "Blue Bayou," "That's Amore," and "Volare" in transcendent harmony, accompanying themselves on piano and guitar, with orchestral backing tracks adding extra drama to lift the soaring vocals.
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