The Mobil Song Quest began in 1956 as a radio contest. It soon became New Zealand's most prestigious classical singing competition. This documentary follows 12 young singers gunning for the final in 2000. Judges whittle the list down to six finalists who will perform with the NZ Symphony Orchestra in a bid to be crowned the winner. Baritone Andrew Conley is the youngest of the group; he's proud to call opera a "sexy" art form. Contralto April-Marie Neho leans on the support of whānau as she battles a last minute illness, and 1996 runner up baritone Jared Holt has his sights set on finally winning the competition.
I shine my shoes, yeah. I clean my shoes really well.– Finalist Jared Holt on what he does to steady performance nerves
Made with funding from NZ On Air