Label news: We have a South Pacific tenor

Label news: We have a South Pacific tenor


norman lebrecht

November 20, 2021

Warner Classics has signed a tenor from Samoa, possibly the first on a major classical record label.

Some enchanted evening.

Press release:

Warner Classics has signed an exclusive contract with the tenor Pene Pati, a singer whose glowing lyricism is matched with a gift for establishing an immediate rapport with his audience. His first release on the label is scheduled for Spring 2022: a recital of arias from Romantic operas by Verdi, Rossini, Donizetti, Meyerbeer, Gounod, Massenet and Benjamin Godard, recorded with the Orchestre national Bordeaux Aquitaine and conductor Emmanuel Villaume.

Pati has risen swiftly up the world’s tenor ranks since his 2017 debut, singing the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, at the San Francisco Opera. A Samoan who grew up in New Zealand, he is a graduate of the Californian company’s Adler Program, one of the world’s most prestigious operatic training schemes. His first European appearance came in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at the Opéra national de Bordeaux in 2019. He has performed in La traviata at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre and the 2021/22 season brings his debuts, singing roles in both Italian and French, at the Paris Opéra, Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Staatsoper Berlin, Aix-en-Provence Festival and San Diego Opera.


  • BRUCEB says:

    Lovely voice. He sounds young (which can be nice if you’re playing a young person).

  • One of the most truly marvelous singers I have ever encountered, and an absolutely lovely person. Bravo!!!

  • V.Lind says:

    Hmm. Trying to remember if any of the stories in Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific was set in Samoa. But the cute remark is a reference to the musical South Pacific, and it was shot in Hawaii (on Kauai, posing as Bali Ha’i).

    Still, sweet reference.

  • Karen Marie Ames says:

    Pene Pati is one of the nicest and most genuine people I’ve ever met. Truly a wonderful talent and a wonderful man.

  • BRUCEB says:

    (BTW, “Some Enchanted Evening” is for baritone)