SANI MULIAUMASEALI’I

Area: Battersea

Type: Artist / Individual

Art form: Art, Dance, Film, Installation, Music, Other, Performance, Poetry, Writer

A Family Called Samoa
A Family Called Samoa
Porgy & Bess
Porgy & Bess
Skitterbang Island
Skitterbang Island
Sunday MASSive
Sunday MASSive
Cabaret Frangipani
Cabaret Frangipani
Kava Girls
Kava Girls

Biography / Artist statement

Sani Muliaumaseali'i is a Battersea-based Layered Art Exponent. He has appeared in Opera and most forms of music theatre in many parts of the world. He studied singing at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Australia, where he gained his BMus and Post Graduate Diploma. In 2011, Sani founded the Gafa Arts Collective (GAC), London's first Samoan arts collective, of which he is the creative director and producer.


Credits:
2012 and 2013 revival for the Origins Festival London, Gafa A family called Samoa, Sani was Director & Producer.
2011 Berliner Festspiele, Le Savali, Featured ensemble, Lemi Ponifasio director, Taniwha Thames, Oval Theatre Stella Duffy director
2010 creating the role of Uncle Edward, World première of children’s opera ‘Skitterbang Island’ Polka Theatre, Wimbledon.
Recital for the New Zealand Embassy in Washington, Reilly Lewis conductor with the Washington Cathedral choir, Cultural exchange and Concert tour of Taiwan for Bridge Arts 2009, Walther von der Vogelweider, ‘Tannheuser’ Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal conductor
Kent Nagano, Froh, ‘Das Rheingold’ Longborough Festival Opera, Anthony Negus conductor in 2008, Italian Tenor ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ concert, Nicholas Braithwaite conducting in 2007.
In 2006 Sani created Interahamwe ‘Sante’, Almeida Opera, Aldeburgh festival, &‘Revival! A nitro at the opera’, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Tenor soloist in ‘Pinocchio’ directed by Will Tuckett, ROH2 Covent Garden and UK tour 2005/06, Beppe, ‘I Pagliacci’, Hanoi Opera house, Vietnam tour 2005. Le Remandado ‘Carmen’, Riverside Opera; Richmond Theatre, Man Friday ‘Robinson Crusoe’, Opera Della Luna at the Iford Festival. Sporting’ Life, ‘Porgy and Bess’, at the Sydney Opera House. Harlekin, Der Kaiser von Atlantis for the Canberra Arts festival, and Daniel, [created] Wide Sargasso Sea’, Chamber Made Opera, Melbourne. Sani has worked in opera in development with Almeida Theatre/ Genesis Opera and Nitro Theatre at the ROH Covent Garden. His London recital debut was at St John’s Smith Square, 2005.
Sani played the King of Siam opposite Stefanie Powers, and Marti Webb in the UK tour of ‘The King and I’ (2002). On screen he won best actor at the Dream Speakers Festival Canada for the short film ‘Talk of the Town’ & in 2005 Sani played Hal Collins, in the feature ‘Warlock’ for ‘Capriol Films. Sani sang the national anthem of Samoa at Twickenham before a global audience when the Manu Samoa played England in Rugby (2005).

Radio credits: BBC radio 4 2013 Headhunters, Jeremy Moritmer producer, 2010, Moby Dick, Kate McAll producer, 2009 Big in Samoa by Marcy Kahan. Sani directed the show Muse Chanteuse for Edinburgh Fringe festival. 2018 Sani appeared in Porgy and Bess and Britten’s War Requiem, for the English National Opera and will tour with them the Netherlands, to the Dutch National Opera in 2019. Porgy and Bess won an Olivier award, for outstanding ensemble in opera.

Associated with: GAFA Arts Collective (GAC)

Why do you love Wandsworth?

Wandsworth is spoilt for green spaces which are essential for well-being. I live in Battersea, which has the glorious Battersea Park, and the ever-evolving Power Station. Battersea/Wandsworth is near enough to the big smoke to feel its heat, but far enough away to not get its fumes. That's my love affair with Wandsworth.