DVD WILL HELP PROMOTE FOUNDATION’S WORK

The Foundation now has a 6 minute DVD which will be used for promotional and educational purposes. It was produced for the Foundation by Robert Hagen from Arts & Entertainment Productions. Robert was the Producer of the documentary ‘Rhodes actor singer’ which traced the inspiring journey of Phillip Rhodes from a childhood of violence and despair to the international world of Opera and his contact with Dame Kiri and the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. Much footage included in the DVD was filmed at Dame Kiri’s home during a recent weekend with young students. A copy of the documentary is included as a bonus track on the DVD disc. Follow this link to view the DVD >>>

TALENT IS A GIFT

Those who have been blessed with it deserve the opportunity to nurture and develop it to the full. We need your help, to help them ... to live their dreams. 

LEXUS SONG QUEST TALENT STUNS PRELIMINARY JUDGES

As this edition of Aria goes to press the names of the 12 semi-finalists in the 2012 Lexus Song Quest were announced. The list includes young Dunedin based baritone Kawiti Waetford (pictured) who has been supported by the Foundation for nearly 3 years and mentored by Dame Kiri. In 2011 with the support of the Foundation he attended the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto in Italy. Eminent NZ bass-baritone Preliminary Judge Rodney Macann (a Foundation Trustee) said “ NZ continues to punch above its weight when it come to the production of world-class opera singers.

ICONIC NEW ZEALANDER OF THE YEAR NAMED

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa was recently named the Iconic New Zealander of the Year at the 2012 World Class New Zealand Awards. The annual awards are a celebration of New Zealand innovators and entrepreneurs who have made significant contributions to the country’s growth and development. The Iconic New Zealander of the Year Award is a new special category launched this year at the World Class New Zealand Awards. 

KAWITI WAETFORD COMPLETES A GOOD YEAR

Twenty-one year old New Zealand baritone, Kawiti Waetford is about to complete his second year of study at the University of Otago in New Zealand. He is studying for a double degree in music, linguistics and languages, under Isabel Cunningham and Professor Terence Dennis. 

ANY MUSIC STUDENT TAKING PART IN A MASTERCLASS WITH A TOURING SUPERSTAR LIKE KIRI TE KANAWA WOULD CONSIDER THE EXPERIENCE ITSELF THE REWARD (The Australian, October 12, 2011)

So Carlos Barcenas, a Colombian tenor currently studying in Melbourne, was still stunned that such an opportunity had come his way. On Sunday one of the world’s most famous sopranos was holding a public masterclass with six students from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music when the moment came for Barcenas to perform. He sang Puccini's E lucevan le stelle from Tosca and Te Kanawa, currently on a tour of Australia, was blown away. 

MARKETING EFFORT CREATES INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS

‘Talent is a gift…to be nurtured and developed’ is the theme of a campaign aimed at creating awareness for the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation and its objectives. The full page colour advertisement and associated editorial has so far appeared in programmes for the 2011 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition and all Dame Kiri’s recent concerts and recitals in Australia and New Zealand. To view the advertisement >>>

TALENT IS A GIFT

Those who have been blessed with it deserve the opportunity to nurture and develop it to the full. We need your help, to help them ... to live their dreams. 

YOUNG SINGERS APPRECIATE UNIQUE MENTORING OPPORTUNITY

Back in 2004 when the Foundation was created the original focus was naturally on raising funds. It did not take Dame Kiri and the trustees too long to realize that in addition to financial support most young singers need judicious mentoring, help with vocal technique and voice maintenance, advice about media and agents and stage craft.

HAWAII MASTERCLASS & FUNDRAISER

During a recent concert tour in Hawaii Dame Kiri took time out to help local students and some fundraising activity. Aria asked Karen Tiller, Executive Director of Hawaii Opera Theatre to describe what happened … “Hawaii opera patrons were thrilled by the recent appearances of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in Honolulu and on the island of Maui. Though her public concerts were the highlight of her time here, she also participated in two events that were educational in nature... something truly dear to her. 

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Contact Us

KIRI TE KANAWA FOUNDATION 

P O Box 38387 
Howick
Auckland 2045
New Zealand 

Phone: +(64) (9) 5349398
Fax: +(64) (9) 5340629 

foundation@kiritekanawa.org 

KIRI TE KANAWA FOUNDATION (UK) 

23B Prince of Wales Mansions
Prince of Wales Drive
London SW11 4BQ
United Kingdom 

Email: gillian.newson@btopenworld.com