Meet The New Zealand Opera Trio That Outsold Lorde

January 15, 2015 2:39 PM

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Meet The New Zealand Opera Trio That Outsold Lorde

Lorde may be the greatest New Zealand musical export of 2013 (or of the century, let’s be real), but back home, she's got competition. The members of the improbably popular operatic trio Sol3 Mio -- pronounced So-lay Mee-oh, after the famous Neapolitan aria, "'O sole mio" -- buck all the current trends in the music industry: suit-attired belters of high notes, they’re classically trained and formally inclined, closer to The Three Tenors’ version of superstardom than Taylor Swift’s.

Made up of brothers Pene Pati, Amitai Pati, and the Patis’ baritone cousin Moses Mackay, the band has enjoyed a fairy-tale rise since the boys' early days singing at a nursing home run by Papa Pati in South Auckland. In 2013, their eponymously titled debut, "Sol3 Mio," outsold all other New Zealand ...

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