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Dame Malvina Major Diamond Jubilee Celebration Tour

When:

Sun 16 Feb 2014, 5:00pm–9:30pm

Where: Matawhero Wines, 189 Riverpoint Rd, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Children Under 12: $0.00
  • Early-bird (limited numbers): $49.00
  • GA (post early-bird): $79.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: PublicityMachine

World–renowned soprano Dame Malvina Major joins special guests, Geoff Sewell, Titanium, the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band and the RNZ Navy Band for outdoor summer shows in February / March 2014.

In 2014 Dame Malvina Major (ONZ, GNZM, DBE) celebrates 60 years as one of the world’s top opera singers. Her role developing artists like Hayley Westenra via her Foundation (launched in 1991) has seen her come full circle from the early days where the Hamilton-born singer received classical lessons from Dame Sister Mary Leo (who also taught Dame Kiri Te Kanawa!) and later, Ruth Packer from the Royal College of Music.

In 1963 Malvina won the NZ Mobil Song Quest, in 1965 the Australian Melbourne Sun-Aria, and in 1966, the prestigious London based Kathleen Ferrier Award. She has performed in more than 30 opera roles in their original languages, recorded numerous albums and performed internationally at the pyramids in Egypt with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, for royalty, at a charity concert for Vera Lynn and at the BBC concert broadcast in London, amongst others.

In 1991 Malvina won the New Zealand Entertainer of the Year and in 1998 was awarded the Benny, The Variety Club of New Zealand’s highest lifetime achievement award. She has received Honorary Doctorates from both Waikato and Massey Universities. Malvina is a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) and a Principal Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (PCNZM) for her contributions to opera (later exchanged for Dame Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit). In the Queen's Birthday and Diamond Jubilee Honours List 2001, Dame Malvina Major was appointed to the Order of New Zealand (ONZ).

London based New Zealander Geoff Sewell is an internationally successful tenor and multi-platinum selling recording star. He was one of the creators and founding member of the international sensation Amici Forever - a classical-crossover sensation and the world's first multi-platinum selling opera band, who reached over two and a half million sales worldwide with their debut album The Opera Band (2003) and their follow-up Defined (2005). His 2008 debut solo album, Believe was released to acclaim and chart success. In 2009, after a sell-out tour of NZ with five other international stars from his hugely successful company Incognito Artists, Geoff released Geoff Sewell and Incognito Artists - Live in Concert DVD which charted at number one.

Hamilton County Bluegrass Band exploded into the New Zealand Folk and Country music scene in 1968 and is still one of NZ’s best loved groups. They featured on the TVNZ show the Country Touch, toured Australia with the Slim Dusty Show and more recently performed at the Redlands Bluegrass Festival in Brisbane and at the American River of Music Party International Bluegrass Festival.

The Royal New Zealand Navy Band is based at HMNZ Philomel in Devonport on Auckland’s North Shore. They are primarily a military band of around 32 full-time musicians that provide music for the ceremonial, PR and entertainment requirements of the RNZ Navy and have toured extensively world-wide.

Times: Doors - 5 pm or approx 1.5 hours prior to 6 pm show start