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The Dame Malvina Major Foundation Christchurch Aria Final


7th July 2014

The Dame Malvina Major Foundation Christchurch Aria Final for Aspiring Young Opera Singers

Aspiring young opera singers will take part in the Gala Final of The Dame Malvina Major Foundation Christchurch Aria on Saturday, 12th July at 7.30pm at St Mark’s Church, Withells Road, Avonhead.

Organised by the Christchurch Competitions Society, vocalists from Christchurch, Dunedin, Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton will sing operatic arias to compete for a first prize of $5,000, second prize of $2,500 and third prize of $500.

Seventeen (17) singers have entered The DMMF Christchurch Aria and will perform in the Preliminaries on Friday evening, 11th July at 7.30 pm, with six (6) going through to the Saturday evening Gala Final.

The adjudicator is distinguished opera singer and vocal performance lecturer Patrick Power, ONZM from Adelaide University.

“The DMMF Christchurch Aria is a prestigious and important event for our young and talented singers who are pursuing a professional opera career,” says Gillian Wess, Christchurch Vocal Competitions co-convener.

Many of the competitors are already studying vocal performance at New Zealand universities. The first prize enables the winner of The DMMF Christchurch Aria to compete in the New Zealand Aria in Rotorua in early November.

The prize monies are sponsored by The Dame Malvina Major Foundation ($5,000 first prize); The Opera Foundation ($2,500 second prize); and Pegasus Bay Winery ($500 third prize).

The event is open to all to attend. Door sales are:
Preliminaries, Friday 11th July 2014 - $10 adults, $5 children/students
Gala Final, Saturday 12th July 2014 - $15 adults, $5 children/students

The DMMF Christchurch Aria will be the culmination of four days of vocal competitions for young singers from the age of eight to 21+, taking place at St Mark’s Church, Avonhead from Wednesday, 9th July to Saturday 12th July 2014. The Vocal programme can be viewed on


Contact: Gillian Wess – Co-Convener, Christchurch Vocal Competitions and
The DMMF Christchurch Aria - 021 284 2440

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