Marlena Devoe discovered her passion for music at a very young age. In 1998, she was part of the Opera New Zealand Children’s Chorus and was involved in their productions of La Boheme, Cavalleria Rusiticana, I Pagliacci and The Pied Piper.
In 2004 to 2005, she was a member of the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir, which toured America and Canada. It wasn’t until she completed her studies at Baradene in 2005, that she realised her true passion was opera. She graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Italian and German in 2009 and is currently completing her Bachelor of Music Honours in Performance Voice with Carmel Carroll and Rosemary Barnes.
Marlena was awarded a Lilburn Trust Performance Award in 2010 from the University of Auckland.
(Updated February 2011)