Benjamin Fifita Makisi was born in Wellington NZ and is of Tongan and Samoan descent.

He began singing at a young age with the Tongan Wesley Methodist Church choir in Wellington.

He graduated with a Master of Performance (Opera) with High Distinction from the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from Victoria University of Wellington. He also received his tutoring in New York, London and Italy.


He has performed with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Malvina Major, Sir Donald McIntyre and the Late Sir Howard Morrison. He had also sung for the State funeral of Sir Edmund Hillary roadcasted all around the world.


Benjamin has also travelled extensively and performed in Operas and Concerts in New York, London, Tuscany, Barcelona, London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Pacific Islands. He and his wife Maina are now based in Europe.


Benjamin is dubbed as "The Polynesian Pavarotti" and "The Tenor of the Pacific".




"My gift of voice is my Blessing from God. It is my craft, my talent, my passion.

All my success belongs to Him. All Glory, Praise and Honour is His. Amen!"

Ben Makisi




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