Foundation provides significant support for 2012 Lexus Song Quest
Posted on 3 July 2012
The Lexus Song Quest is New Zealand’s most prestigious song contest. During its 56 year history it has provided a platform for many talented New Zealand singers including Dame Malvina Major, and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to launch international opera careers.
The distinguished Welsh tenor Dennis O’Neill (pictured) has been secured as the Chief Judge for the 2012 competition – the final will be held in Wellington on August 30.
The Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation have committed over $50,000 in support of the 2012 contest and the 4-city masterclass tour led by Dennis O’Neill - to help the competition reach its full potential.The Lexus Masterclasses sponsored by the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation will be held in Wellington (31 August), Auckland (September 3), Dunedin (September 7) and Christchurch (September 5). Singing teachers, their students and the general public are encouraged to attend and observe free of charge. At the conclusion of the tour Dennis O’Neill will select one of the masterclass participants who will receive the Kiri Te Kanawa scholarship for advance studies.