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At home with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa: Why she always knew she would come back to Aotearoa

16 days ago
New Zealand HeraldTo be invited into the home of one of this country's most iconic figures is a privilege, but also an experience to be enjoyed, because Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is a woman who leaves any airs and graces at the front door. At home she is... more info

Review: Madagascar the Musical at Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre

197 days ago
New Zealand HeraldJust a few weeks ago I met Andrew Papas and other members of the Madagascar the Musical cast. Rehearsals had just begun, props were scattered around, dance steps were being performed on repeat and it was hard to see how it was all... more info

Gate-crasher Ipu Laga'aia centre stage again

284 days ago
New Zealand HeraldIpu Laga'aia will always be remembered for gate-crashing Dame Kiri Te Kanawa's gig in November 2019 when the Aotea Centre theatre was renamed in her honour. Her former student brought his own accompaniment back then — a guitar for... more info

Michel Legrand, Pianist and Film Composer, Dies at 86

1094 days ago
New York TimesThe winner of three Oscars and five Grammys, he collaborated with musicians from John Coltrane to Kiri Te Kanawa over a career that spanned seven decades. more info

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa blames Glyndebourne costumes for sexism row

2804 days ago
The TelegraphThe veteran soprano claims criticism of singer Tara Erraught's appearance in a new production of Der Rosenkavalier is due to a "costume disaster" more info

Kiri Te Kanawa To Retire

2881 days ago
ContactMusicOpera legend Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is to retire from the stage.The New Zealand singer, who turns 70 on Thursday (06Mar14), has confirmed her... more info

John Copley: a life in opera

3335 days ago
Guardian Music'I caught opera like other people caught measles, and La Bohème changed my life'When John Copley was asked in 1974 to direct a new production of La Bohème for the Royal Opera House the brief was very clear. "It couldn't be a copy of the old [1896] ... more info

Glyndebourne and Figaro: a perfect match

3503 days ago
Guardian MusicThe son of the festival's founder and Glyndebourne's first Susanna looks forward to a new production of Mozart's great comic operaThe Marriage of Figaro kicked off Glyndebourne's first festival in 1934; 60 years later to the day – 28 May 1994 – i... more info

Accompanists: the unsung heroes of music

3613 days ago
Guardian MusicThey get little credit and less pay than the singers they support. So why do accompanists do it?Pity the poor accompanist, condemned to sit in the shadow of the great voices and the even greater egos of today's singers. Being the pianist who plays fo... more info

Can opera singers sing pop – and vice versa?

3833 days ago
Guardian MusicIt takes years of training for opera singers to master their art. But would those skills help or hinder in singing pop songs? And what about the other way round?I remember hearing the great Malian singer Salif Keita for the first time in 1980. Joy Di... more info

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