Already well-known in Auckland through his numerous radio and television appearances, 14-year-old boy soprano Mark Pedrotti adds another notch to his musical bow with this, his recording debut.
Since commencing solo singing at the age of nine, Mark has won Classes at Auckland's Competition Festival for the last four years; has been Junior Vocal Champion and Gold Medalist for the last two years; and has appeared in the Demonstration Concert for the last three years. On top of all this he has played the principal role in Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" for the past four years, as well as appearing as choirboy and urchin in the N.Z. Opera Company's "Tosca" and "Carmen", and in the boys' chorus of David Farguhar's "Unicorn For Christmas", which was performed before Her Majesty the Queen.
Touring organist Kenneth Goodman, with whom Mark as sung, has said: "All the world should hear this voice", and favourable comparisions have often been drawn between Mark's voice and that of the famous English boy soprano Ernest Lough.
At present Mark is taking a music course at Avondale College where he is studying piano and flute.
"On Wings of Song" is sung as a duet by Mark and his sister, Angela, 17, who has also won classes at Auckland's Competition and was Scholarship and Cup Winner (Intermediate) at the 1963 Hamilton Festival.