Opera in the hanger?
Posted on 19 December 2013
The trustees reacted swiftly when John & Rose Dunn (pictured) recently offered their spectacular harbor-side Auckland home for a private recital to raise funds for the Foundation. A sub-committee swung into action and the result was a very special and personal evening with Dame Kiri (on her birthday) who performed favourite arias and songs with special guests Kawiti Waetford and the Opera Factory Ensemble – all accompanied by Terence Dennis. The recital, attended by 70 guests, was staged in the Dunn’s helicopter hanger and followed by a light hearted conversation on stage with broadcaster Ian Fraser and a specially designed supper accompanied by a selection of Seresin’s fine wines.
Dame Kiri loved the experience saying “I’ve sung in many unusual places – golf courses, vineyards, viaducts, the Outback of Australia and even barns – but never in a helicopter hanger !”
The evening was very successful raising significant funds and increased awareness for the Foundation and its’ work.