Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Students bring Mozart to the stage

Students bring Mozart to the stage

One of New Zealand’s finest singing voices will have a speaking role when the University of Waikato’s Conservatorium of Music stages its annual opera performance in August.

Senior Music Fellow Dame Malvina Major will take on the role of narrator for this year’s opera, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, which will be performed on 16-17 August at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.

The opera will feature performances by leading voice students, special guest tenor Amitai Pati, and the Conservatorium Orchestra under James Tennant.
Dame Malvina says she had a similar role in 2012’s performance of Carmen.
“I did enjoy it last year. As the narrator, I will just try and tie it all together.”

She says The Magic Flute – which was first performed just months before Mozart’s death in 1791 - is a “really odd” opera, with Mozart “combining entertainment with some probing questions about human life”.

The performance will feature senior students in the main roles and Dame Malvina says that provides good encouragement for younger students.

“It’s good for them to see senior students taking part in a full blown opera. Senior students get to take big roles and the younger ones get the chance to take some smaller roles or be in the chorus,” she says.

She was particularly happy to have guest tenor Amitai Pati returning from overseas for the performance.

“That’s wonderful. His brother Pene is doing so well, getting rave reviews on the Merola programme.”

The Merola programme is a highly regarded opera training programme in San Francisco.

The Magic Flute performance is “our big production of the year,” Dame Malvina says, and the quality is “as good as you can see”.

“We can hold our head up with any university in New Zealand. The Performing Arts Academy is the perfect size, perfect shape, perfect acoustics and Hamilton has some very talented people. We will surprise few people.”

The Magic Flute is on at the Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 August at 8pm. Tickets, from Ticketek or the academy, are $25 Adults, $17.50 Seniors, $10 tertiary students, free for secondary and primary school children.

Caption details: Singers, from left, Senior Lecturer in Voice and Head of Vocal Studies David Griffiths, BMus graduate Eruera Harry-Reading and Chelsea Dolman, who is studying towards a Master of Music degree under Dame Malvina Major, practice with the Conservatorium Orchestra.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Avantdale Bowling Club

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. More>>

Howard Davis: Kevin Field Quintet

With the hardest pews in town and an icon of Ruth Bader Ginsburg adorning the walls, St Peter's Church added a distinctly spiritual element to the debut of three new pieces by Kiwi jazz pianist and composer Kevin Field that celebrated our common humanity. More>>

Stage: Wellington’s Theatre Awards To Go Ahead

The Wellington Theatre Awards will go ahead despite a devastating year for New Zealand’s creative sector. Wellington Theatre Awards Trust Chair Tom Broadmore said, “the creative sector, and Wellington’s vibrant theatre sector has been gutted by the ... More>>

Journalism: An Icon Returns. New-Look North & South Magazine Hits Shelves

One of New Zealand’s most iconic magazines, North & South, is back on the shelves this week – with new independent ownership. The magazine, which has set the benchmark for investigative journalism in New Zealand since 1986, relaunches this week, ensuring ... More>>

Howard Davis: Three New Art Books for Xmas

Massey University and Te Papa Presses have published three new art books just in time for Xmas: Dick Frizzell's Me, According to the History of Art, Railways Studios, celebrating unique examples of government-sponsored advertising and design, and Nature - Stilled, Jane Ussher's extraordinary photographs of flora and fauna from the museum's natural history collections.

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Rises From The Ashes (& Chris O'Connor Talks)

Simultaneously dreamy and structured, understated and subtle, spacious and hypnotic, The Phoenix Foundation's new album Lifeline includes gorgeous vocal harmonies, lilting lyrics with no lack of wry, self-deprecating humour, and gently weeping guitar parts. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland