Singers to listen for
For the past two years, the Rotary Club of Wellington has hosted a unique opportunity for the public to interact with outstanding young opera singers. Held at St Andrews on the Terrace, International opera singer Rodney Macann designs a program to suit the voices of the singers and enthral a capacity audience with highly accessible opera and lighter music excerpts. The event is now held in association with the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation and, last year, Dame Kiri lent her personal support by donating one of her oil paintings and the cover of her shooting script for Downton Abbey to be sold by auction.
We aim to give our outstanding young New Zealand singers a platform to display their talent. Of our artists in the first year, Benson Wilson went on to win the Lexus Song Quest, and all the other singers were Lexus prize winners. From the second year, Jonathan Abernethy, now with Australian Opera, and Sydney mezzo Anna Dowsley were principal singers in the recent Opera New Zealand production of ‘The Mikado’, with the other two singers having been accepted into the prestigious Kiri Program. Part of the evening sees a charity auction for an important cause, and last year a total of $28,000 was raised for the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute for cancer and the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. The singers were sponsored by Lexus of Wellington.
Each year we aim to produce a memorable event, so the public can be assured of an evening to remember. The best canapes are provided before and after the concert, and the singers are available to talk to the audience about their music and hopes for the future. The event is being held on 10 November 2017, tickets can be purchased here.
Cellist Lavinnia Rae was the winner of the 2016 Rotary Club of Wellington Music Prize for Undergraduate Classics. This annual award is made possible by a Trust fund established by Sir Roy McKenzie OBE, a past Rotary Club of Wellington member and well-known New Zealand philanthropist who was an avid supporter of young musicians. The award is... Keep Reading
For the past two years, the Rotary Club of Wellington has hosted a unique opportunity for the public to interact with outstanding young opera singers. Held at St Andrews on the Terrace, International opera singer Rodney Macann designs a program to suit the voices of the singers and enthral a capacity audience with highly accessible opera and... Keep Reading
Another very successful concert was held on 26 August 2016 as a celebration of wonderful young talent. The Rotary Club of Wellington featured four outstanding young Opera Singers, two already on their way to stardom and two with the potential to be among our best and brightest.Wellington... Keep Reading
Singers to listen for proves a great success. On Friday November 6, the Rotary Club of Wellington was host to an unusual concert. President Kerry Prendergast explained that the Club has as one of its goals the encouragement of young people in their careers and personal lives. This event is very consistent with t... Keep Reading