Kiri Vows to Remain a Friend in a High Place

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has announced that she will continue singing despite turning 60 this year – the age at which she has previously said she would retire. Her chief reason is to keep the scholarship program she runs for aspiring NZ singers active and in the public eye, whether through funding or “advice, moral support, [or] asking Covent Garden just to listen to a singer where an agent either won’t give that opportunity or the singer can’t get in and get an audition.”


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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…