The other night I posted a couple of links on Twitter to a soprano named Marie Te Hapuku. I was about to twitter further about her but then decided I'd rather give her a proper blog post: so here it is. I came across Marie sort of accidentally, searching YouTube in an idle moment for clips of New Zealand singers. The first result was a video of her singing Bernstein's "A Julia de Burgos" at St Andrew's on the Terrace in Wellington (source of quite a treasure trove of New Zealand musicians on YouTube, including Dunedin's Own Michael Gray) which I promptly watched, thinking: Marie Te Hapuku? Never heard of her. The opening phrases didn't grab me; but then the rest of it very much did.