Alicia Cadwgan

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My name is Alicia Cadwgan and I am a Wellington-based soprano who dreams of singing on the world stage. In September, I will follow this dream and move to Manchester to begin a Master of Music in Vocal Studies and Opera at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Why Opera?

I have been singing since I could speak and can't imagine life without bursting into song at every opportunity (just ask my family!). My love for opera began in high school after seeing a performance of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and what the human voice is capable of still amazes me today. When I listen to an exceptional singer, it is always such an inspirational and emotional experience and I want to be able to share that with others. It is incredibly fulfilling to perform, giving audiences an experience that takes them out of their ordinary lives and into the fantastic and sometimes absurd world of opera.

I studied at the New Zealand School of Music under Margaret Medlyn and Richard Greager and graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music and Postgraduate Diploma of Music (with Distinction). I also hold a Bachelor of Arts in French and Italian language from Victoria University of Wellington.

I perform frequently; a big highlight of this year was touring with Wanderlust Opera as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro. Imagine my joy at being involved in a production of the same opera that inspired my love for the art form! I feel that I have made the most out of opportunities in New Zealand and now need to move abroad to continue growing as a performer and follow my dream of becoming a professional opera singer. 

The Road Ahead

I am so fortunate to have been offered a place and partial scholarship to attend the RNCM. However, international fees are very expensive so I still need to raise $20,000 to complete my tuition fees. This Boosted page will constitute the last of my fundraising efforts and go towards tuition fees and living costs. Thank you so much for your support - it is greatly appreciated and will not be forgotten! I am immensely grateful for your help on this journey. Please know that I couldn't do it without you.

Much love and forever thankful, 

Alicia xx



  • Post-Concert Update


    Thank you so much to everybody who has donated to my campaign! It is amazing to be a third of the way to my goal and I am so grateful for all your support! I have loved reading all your messages as well so thank you so much!

    I had a wonderful evening last Friday at my fundraising concert! Although the weather was positively wintery, we blasted the heaters at St Andrew’s and sang our hearts out for a couple of hours followed by some lovely food and chats. Thank you to everybody who came out to watch, it was amazing to see you all there! I also want to thank Bruce Greenfield, Lisa Harper-Brown, Katherine McIndoe and Will King for performing so beautifully alongside me! I couldn’t have done it without you!

    I am half packed now and getting ready for my departure later this week. I can’t believe it has come around this quickly! My Boosted campaign will be running for another 17 days so please donate and share! This is an ‘all-or-nothing’ campaign so we have to reach the goal in order for me to receive the money, otherwise it goes back to the donors.

    Thank you again for all your help and support! The next update will come from Manchester!

    Much love,

    Alicia xx

    Post-Concert Update