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Divine Diva returns to our shores

4 July 2005

Divine Diva returns to our shores

Every offering drew ecstatic applause. It is not often that concert-goers can have the luxury of experiencing such a magnificent voice in our concert halls." [NZ Herald, Feb 2004]

Angela Brown, the dramatic soprano with the spellbinding voice, returns to Auckland in August to perform two concerts with the Auckland Philharmonia, both under conductor Marc Taddei.

During Angela Brown's début concert with the Auckland Philharmonia in 2003, the American diva single-handedly created a substantial fan base. Possessing a personality as big as her voice, the stellar Ms Brown has won the acclaim of critics and audiences throughout the world.

She studied under the legendary soprano Virginia Zeani, and in October last year débuted as Aida with the Metropolitan Opera, the success of which prompted an immediate New York Times front page feature article on the soprano.

On Thursday 4 August, Angela Brown will be in full splendour performing Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs during the 10th concert of the Auckland Philharmonia's Premier Series - the concert also features Rossini's Thieving Magpie Overture and Prokofiev's Symphony No.5.

Three days later, on Sunday 7 August, the Auckland Philharmonia's POPs series kicks off with Angela Brown joined by Gregg Baker, a baritone of imposing voice and stature who continues to make an indelible mark on the world of opera theatre. Together with the Auckland Philharmonia they present an evening showcasing the great African American Experience - from its roots in the cotton fields to the opera house of Gershwin's Porgy & Bess.

Auckland Philharmonia Premier Series, Concert 10: Presented by Dr Tom & Ann Morris and The Auckland Varicose Veins Clinic Thursday 4 August - 8pm, Aotea Centre Conductor: Marc Taddei; Soloist: Angela Brown (soprano) Rossini: The Thieving Magpie Overture R. Strauss: Four Last Songs Prokofiev: Symphony No.5 in B-flat

Auckland Philharmonia POPS series Sunday 7 August - 7.30pm, Aotea Centre Conductor: Marc Taddei; Soloists: Angela Brown (soprano); Gregg Baker (baritone)

Bookings: phone the Ticketek Orchestra Hotline on (09) 307 5139 or visit www.ticketek.co.nz.

The Auckland Philharmonia receives major funding from Creative New Zealand and a major grant from Auckland City.

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