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. “Though hailing from New Zealand to our south, the opera legend has never performed in Hawaii,” the Honolulu Daily’s Stephen Fox wrote. ‘It’s been said that my Maori blood had helped give me the basic voice and sense of rhythm which all Polynesian races have,’ Te Kanawa said. The soprano returned to her roots in 1999 with Maori Songs, recorded with a Maori youth choir.”


Tags: Hawaii Opera Theatre  Kiri Te Kanawa  The Honolulu Weekly  

Taika Waititi Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize

Taika Waititi Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize

Sydney-based artist Claus Stangl has taken out one of Australia’s top art honours with his portrait of Academy Award-winning director Taika Waititi, The Guardian reports. Stangl won the packing room prize, a…