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Pleasanton Readies for Baritone Hadleigh Adams

Pleasanton Readies for Baritone Hadleigh Adams

Palmerston North-born baritone Hadleigh Adams has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for his “poignant,” “expressive” voice, and “beautiful tone with both flexibility and power.” Adams will present “Classical Broadway,” celebrating the songs…

Isabella Moore’s Spine-Chilling Performance Lauded

Isabella Moore’s Spine-Chilling Performance Lauded

Auckland soprano Isabella Moore’s recent performance in Puccini’s Suor Angelica at Conservatory Concert Hall in San Francisco is highly praised in online music site, San Francisco Classical Voice. “Moore was the spine-chilling Angelica, her voice…

Tenor Simon O’Neill Sings Wagner’s Praises

Tenor Simon O’Neill Sings Wagner’s Praises

One word not often associated with Richard Wagner, the 19th-century composer of high romantic opera, is “cool” – yet this is the adjective repeatedly invoked by New Zealander Simon O’Neill, 44, who made his…

8 Incredible NZ Artists

8 Incredible NZ Artists

When “Lorde and her minimalist pop masterpiece ‘Royals’ gradually conquered the world in 2013, fans and critics alike in the US and Europe – and to a lesser extent in Australia – declared it…

Dame Kiri Preparing for Australian Performances

Dame Kiri Preparing for Australian Performances

New Zealand-born performer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will perform a series of concerts in Australia later this year. Te Kanawa’s performances in Bendigo and Ballarat could be one of the last chances for people…

Where Teddy Tahu Rhodes Goes to Hide Out

Where Teddy Tahu Rhodes Goes to Hide Out

The “pin-up boy of Australian opera”, New Zealand grand baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, famous for his portrayal of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, talks with the Advertiser about how he unwinds and where he loves to…

Teddy Tahu Rhodes Has a Devil of a Time

Teddy Tahu Rhodes Has a Devil of a Time

New Zealander Teddy Tahu Rhodes, “the drawcard” of State Opera SA’s recent season of Faust, “brings his powerful voice of dark charm to the role of Mephistopheles, an imposing icon of evil,” Adelaide Now…

Darren Pene Pati Wins at Operalia 2015

Darren Pene Pati Wins at Operalia 2015

New Zealander Darren Pene Pati, “the one with the special tenor voice”, took second prize and the audience prize for male singer at this year’s Operalia, The World’s Opera Competition, held in London. According to…

Cutthroat role for Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Sweeney

Cutthroat role for Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Sweeney

Operatic baritone New Zealander Teddy Tahu Rhodes has the lead role as the infamous barber in Victorian Opera’s take on Sweeney Todd, Stephen Sondheim’s bloodiest musical. Rhodes, playing Sweeney for the first time, hasn’t watched…

New Zealand Singer Wins Major International Scholarship

New Zealand Singer Wins Major International Scholarship

New Zealand Bass-Baritone James Ioelu has won the Victoria League Scholarship in Singing sponsored by the Victoria League in Auckland in association with the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. “We are absolutely delighted to…

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa honoured by Royal College of Music

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa honoured by Royal College of Music

The Prince of Wales presented legendary Kiwi soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa with an honorary doctorate at a ceremony at the Royal College of Music. “It’s a great honour to be given such a title…

Teddy Tahu Rhodes Commemorates Gallipoli at Sydney Opera House

Teddy Tahu Rhodes Commemorates Gallipoli at Sydney Opera House

Two of the best opera singers from New Zealand and Australia will come together on Anzac Day for a special commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of Gallipoli at the Sydney Opera House…

Chartbusters Sol3 Mio Poised to Tackle the World

Chartbusters Sol3 Mio Poised to Tackle the World

Fresh from performing the New Zealand national anthem in Chicago for a rare rugby match between the USA Eagles and world-champion All Blacks, operatic trio Sol3 Mio are hoping for many more thumping victories…

Hayley Westenra Sings Holiday Favourites for Wisconsin Fans

Hayley Westenra Sings Holiday Favourites for Wisconsin Fans

Acclaimed Christchurch-born soprano Hayley Westenra, 27, who has mesmerised audiences across continents, appeared with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra (WCO) at the Orpheum Theater on 18 and 19 December singing Christmas favourites. Westenra’s music director, Tim…

Simon O’Neill Is the Mighty Otello in New Houston Opera Season

Simon O’Neill Is the Mighty Otello in New Houston Opera Season

For most tenors, according to New Zealander Simon O’Neill, performing as Otello “is the Everest” of all roles. He plays the Moorish general for the Houston Grand Opera season. Otello demands a tenor…

Kiri Te Kanawa Warns Britain Killing Talent

Kiri Te Kanawa Warns Britain Killing Talent

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, one of the world’s greatest opera stars, has made an impassioned plea for Britain to stop blocking the flow of young singers into opera houses so that the top quality…

Kiri Performs Emily Dickinson-Inspired Works at Ravinia

Kiri Performs Emily Dickinson-Inspired Works at Ravinia

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa “is as busy as ever” recently performing works based on American poet Emily Dickinson’s poems at the Ravinia Festival in Illinois. The Ravinia Festival, which has had a long association with…

Opera Stars Command Sydney Opera House Stage

Opera Stars Command Sydney Opera House Stage

As Otello, in Opera Australia’s “appealing revival of Verdi’s masterwork”, New Zealander Simon O’Neill cements his reputation as “one of the world’s top heldentenors, a term usually used to describe the largest…

Operatic Trio Performs Exclusively Live for the Telegraph

Operatic Trio Performs Exclusively Live for the Telegraph

In an exclusive live session for Britain’s Telegraph, New Zealand operatic trio Sol3 Mio performed their hit Yellow Bird from their self-titled debut album. The song was recorded in London, and was the best-selling album…

Baritone Thriving in San Francisco Opera Scene

Baritone Thriving in San Francisco Opera Scene

Baritone Hadleigh Adams, New Zealand’s first San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship recipient, talks with the Huffington Post’s cultural critic Sean Martinfield about his latest performance, in American composer Gabriel Kahane’s The Memory Palace, an…

Dame Kiri Returns to Covent Garden Stage

Dame Kiri Returns to Covent Garden Stage

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has returned to Covent Garden after 17 years for performances of Donizetti’s comedy La Fille du Régiment in the role of the Duchess of Crackentorp. Te Kanawa celebrated her 70th birthday…

South Pacific Star at Home in Sydney Opera House

South Pacific Star at Home in Sydney Opera House

Christchurch-born operatic baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, 47, shows Sydney Morning Herald journalist Tim Elliot around the Opera House, which is open 363 days a year – closing only Christmas Day and Good Friday –…

Abandoned Sola in the Outback

Abandoned Sola in the Outback

New Zealand-born soprano Katherine Wiles is starring as Donna Elvira in an outback tour of Mozart’s Don Giovanni by Oz Opera, Opera Australia’s touring arm. Wiles said she was excited at embarking on her…

Soprano to Open Coronation Celebrations

Soprano to Open Coronation Celebrations

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will perform the British national anthem “God Save the Queen” in the gardens of Buckingham Palace in July to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. Te…

Heartfelt as Siegmund at the Met

Heartfelt as Siegmund at the Met

New Zealand veteran heldentenor Simon O’Neill plays Siegmund in the Metropolitan Opera season of Wagner’s Die Walküre. However, on the evening of The New York Times review, the first of two performances, “O’Neill’s normally…

Meeting Porgy in Cincinnati

Meeting Porgy in Cincinnati

Dunedin opera singer Jonathan Lemalu takes the lead role in Cincinnati Opera’s production of Porgy and Bess, which runs through 8 July in Music Hall. During rehearsals, Lemalu tells Cincinnati.com about the character Porgy:…

Challenge of Mandarin Libretto

Challenge of Mandarin Libretto

Dunedin-born opera singer Jonathan Lemalu, 36, tells the Guardian how he learnt to sing in Mandarin for the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts premiere of Three Poems by Mu Xin, which he and the New Zealand…

Hohepa’s Fearsome High Notes

Hohepa’s Fearsome High Notes

“Based on a true story spanning nearly 150 years, Hohepa lays bare some of New Zealand’s most painful wounds — and seeks to heal them through music,” Mike Silverman of the Associated Press writes. “The opera,…

Affecting Festival Lineup

Affecting Festival Lineup

One of this year’s New Zealand International Festival of the Arts features will be the New Zealand Opera production, Hohepa, which premieres on 15 March. It tells the tragic tale of Maori chief Hohepa Te…

Handsome Encore

Handsome Encore

Christchurch-born baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes (right) performs with Australian David Hobson at the Perth Concert Hall on 29 October as part of their “encore” national tour. During a lunch where the conversation ranged from…

Hawaiian Duet

Hawaiian Duet

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa performed “a range of songs from the Baroque to Rachmaninoff, accompanied by friend and accompanist, Professor Terence Dennis” in a benefit concert for the Hawaii Opera Theatre in late September….

Notes For the Animals

Notes For the Animals

Christchurch-born soprano Hayley Westenra, 24, talks to the Daily Mail’s Jon Wilde about hiring Victoria Beckham’s minder to deal with stalkers and reaching notes only animals can hear. “Certain animals will prick up their…

Once in a Lifetime Chance

Once in a Lifetime Chance

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will give a special one-off concert in Ireland’s Ulster Hall as part of the Belfast Festival at Queen’s in October — with one lucky young singer getting the chance to…

South Pacific Role for Rhodes

South Pacific Role for Rhodes

New Zealand baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes will star in an Opera Australia production of South Pacific to open at the Sydney Opera House this month ahead of a nationwide tour. Opera Australia’s artistic director…

Te Kanawa to Sing in Israel

Te Kanawa to Sing in Israel

“There may be imitators or wannabes, but there is really only one true diva — legendary soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,” The Jerusalem Post’s David Brinn writes in a profile of the…

Honoured by Opera News

Honoured by Opera News

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa was one of five artists recognised for their international musical achievements at the Opera News Awards held in New York at the famed Plaza Hotel on 17 April. German tenor…

Singing Before Sleep

Singing Before Sleep

“Described by some of his more excitable fans as the Brad Pitt of opera, New Zealand baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes certainly has plenty of stage presence,” Fiona Boxall writes in a lifestyle article for…

Singer of the World

Singer of the World

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is the new patron of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition following the death of Dame Joan Sutherland last year. Chairman of the jury John Fisher said they…

Displaced in New York

Displaced in New York

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa was amongst those present at the annual Christmas night dinner in the baronial Lincoln Center duplex of Sissy and Max Strauss in New York. Each holiday, more than a hundred…

Star rising in London

Star rising in London

New Zealander Madeleine Pierard, 29, won the 25 Lexus Song Quest and as a result spent four years at London’s Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio, taking up a two-year contract…

Dame Kiri’s Red Card

Dame Kiri’s Red Card

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is the perfect antidote for World Cup football fever according to Guardian reviewer Sam Woollaston. “There isn’t much that can distract me from the World Cup. But Dame Kiri managed…

Sweetheart sings

Sweetheart sings

Christchurch-born singer Hayley Westenra, 23, is performing with the College Band of the RAF at Blackburn’s King George’s Hall for the Battle of Britain 7th Anniversary Tour on July 12, “furthering her status as…

Birthday at Broward

Birthday at Broward

In late February, Soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa performed works by Handel, Debussy, Vivaldi and others at Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center for the Performing Arts, her first performance in the state of Florida in…

Lauded for a lifetime

Lauded for a lifetime

Soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will be presented with a lifetime achievement award at the 11th annual Classical Brits to be held at the Royal Albert Hall on May 13. Dame Kiri joins a…

Teaching top form

Teaching top form

Kiri Te Kanawa, who recently gave a recital at Washington, DC’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, also has a speaking role as the Duchess of Krakenthorp in Donizetti’s comedy The Daughter…

Soap’s Scottish success

Soap’s Scottish success

Wellington opera director Colin McColl was interviewed by The Scotsman on the eve of the opening night of Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal. Has Scottish Opera lost its marbles…

Westenra joins forces

Westenra joins forces

Christchurch soprano Hayley Westenra, 22, will top the bill at the Royal British Legion’s annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on November 7, replacing glamorous Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins as the…

Soprano for life

Soprano for life

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is profiled in the Guardian’s ‘Portrait of the Artist’ column in which the soprano says opera is sung by performers from “very ordinary backgrounds”. “I’m not an elitist, so I…

Grand dame’s swansong

Grand dame’s swansong

After 40 years enthralling audiences the world over, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will give her last operatic performance next April at the Cologne Opera in Germany, playing Marschallin in Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier —…

Singing his praises

Singing his praises

Ashburton-born opera singer Simon O’Neill, 37, has been named in a list of the world’s top 10 tenors by an influential London radio station. Rankings in the July issue of Classic FM magazine position…

Induction Duets

Induction Duets

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa performs at this month’s Hollywood Bowl’s season-opening gala, which will also serve as the soprano’s induction into the Bowl’s Hall of Fame. Te Kanawa spoke candidly with the Los Angeles…

Teddy charms

Teddy charms

“There could not have been a more dashing, roguish Count than the New Zealand baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes,” writes Janelle Gelfand in a Cincinnati Enquirer review of Cincinnati Opera’s production of The Marriage of…

Adieu to a Comedienne

Adieu to a Comedienne

Opera singer Heather Begg, a mezzo-soprano who last month was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, has died in New South Wales, aged 76. Begg was the first person…

Teddy’s triumph

Teddy’s triumph

Baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes plays Antony in New York City Opera’s presentation of Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra, in a performance the New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini calls “fervent and sensitive,” “the best…

Debut at the Met

Debut at the Met

New Zealand baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes made news again this week with a number of glowing reviews for his first role at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes. The New York…

Rhodes vies for Bianca

Rhodes vies for Bianca

New Zealand baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes performs in Rossini’s Bianca e Fallierio at Washington D.C’s Lisner Auditorium in April. Rhodes stars as Capellio, Fallierio’s rival for the affections of Bianca. Rhodes won New Zealand’s…