One of the world’s greatest sopranos, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will be honoured at a star-studded gala event on Wednesday, 20 November, celebrating her remarkable career and also the renaming of the Aotea Centre’s ASB Theatre to the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre.

Ticket pre-sales start today Monday, 2 September, and all remaining tickets will be available from Ticketmaster from 10am Friday, 6 September.

The concert will feature the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by music director Giordano Bellincampi, together with the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus and some of New Zealand’s finest operatic voices – Anna Leese, Pene Pati and James Ioelu.  It will be hosted by MC Jennifer Ward-Lealand.  

The concert will include performances of some of opera’s most spectacular arias and choruses including:

  • Puccini, Gianni Schicchi, ‘O mio babbino caro’
  • Donizetti, The Elixir of Love, ‘Una furtiva lagrima’
  • Verdi, Il Trovatore, ‘Anvil Chorus’
  • Bizet, The Pearl Fishers, ‘Au font du temple saint’ (‘The Pearl Fishers’ Duet’)
  • Mozart, Don Giovanni, ‘Catalogue Aria’,
  • as well as a selection of much-loved works by Wagner, Rossini, and Mascagni.

Dame Kiri, New Zealand’s first Grammy Award winner, opera royalty and performer on the most spectacular stages in the world, will be the special guest of honour at this extraordinary event.

Ensure you are part of this once-in-a-lifetime, historic moment celebrating Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, her contribution to the arts and the renaming of the ASB Theatre in her honour.   Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will be the guest of honour at the gala, she will not be performing.

Sandra Roberts Publicity

M + 64 21 525 104     E sandra@skip.co.nz