The audience this year will be treated to a feast of music performed by some of our finest young opera singers. Four have the potential for international careers – Natasha Wilson, Manase Latu, Ipu Laga’aia and Samson Setu – so have been selected for The Kiri Te Kanawa Singer Development Programme.
Kathryn Harries, Director National Opera Studio, London, writes of Natasha – “She is an exciting and naturally compelling performer who possesses class and charisma”; of Manase – “He has an extraordinary gift for phrasing, language and communication. Add to this his beautiful voice and you have the complete package”; of Ipu – “The sound of his voice reminded me of the great tenors, in particular, the young Pavarotti” and of Samson – “He has a world-class bass baritone voice. There is something in the quality of sound that calls to mind the operatic greats”.
The three men are also part of an outstanding vocal group ‘The Shades’ and for this they are joined by the fine young baritone – Mataka Vuni. They bring a distinctive blend of Polynesian fun and superb singing, so prepare to be delighted!
There are many exciting lots in the charity auction. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has donated three personal items – including a beautiful bottle of her own perfume. You could win a helicopter ride down Transmission Gully; a dinner for eight at home by famed Hippopotamus chef Laurent Loudeac; or become a hospital surgeon for the morning in a simulated operation and training in the air ambulance flight simulator.
You will enjoy drinks and canapes from 6pm and the concert starts at 7pm. Don’t miss it!