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New Zealand now has one of the world's least regulated economies New Zealand consists of two main islands. The larger, South Island, is also the more mountainous, dominated by ...

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  

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(b Gisborne, 6 March 1944).New Zealand soprano. Winner of many prizes in New Zealand and Australia, she later studied at the London Opera Centre with Vera Rozsa. In 1969 ...
Inia Te Wiata

Inia Te Wiata  

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(b Otaki, 10 June 1915; d London, 26 June 1971).New Zealand bass. In 1947 he obtained a government scholarship to study in London, under Charles Kennedy Scott and Sir ...
David Ward

David Ward  

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(b Dumbarton, 3 July 1922; d Dunedin, New Zealand, 16 July 1983).Scottish bass. He studied at the RCM and later in Munich with Hans Hotter. In 1952 he joined ...
Lewis, Keith

Lewis, Keith (6 Oct 1950)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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2009
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...Keith ( Neville Keith Lewis ) ( b Methven , 6 Oct 1950 ). New Zealand tenor . He studied in New Zealand, then at the London Opera Centre ( 1974–6 ) and with Richard Lewis and others. His début was as Ferrando at the St Céré Festival in France in 1977 , followed that year by Don Ottavio for Glyndebourne Touring Opera and the next summer at Glyndebourne, where he returned in later seasons. He created the roles of Christ/Father in John Tavener's Thérèse for his Covent Garden début in 1979 ; other débuts include the Paris Opéra in 1983 as...

Natzka, Oscar

Natzka, Oscar (15 June 1912)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...next year he made his début at the New York City Opera as Sparafucile in Rigoletto . Thereafter he sang widely in North America in opera and concerts, but in 1951 he was taken ill during a performance of Die Meistersinger in New York, and 13 days later he died. Possessor of an outstandingly powerful and resonant bass voice, he made a number of recordings of ballads and operatic arias in the late 1930s and the 1940s. A. Simpson and P. Downes : ‘Oscar Natzka’, Southern Voices: International Opera Singers of New Zealand (Auckland, 1992), 52–63 Peter...

Te Wiata, Inia

Te Wiata, Inia (10 June 1915)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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2009
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...making frequent guest appearances at Covent Garden as well as with Sadler's Wells , Scottish Opera and other companies. He also took leading roles in a number of musicals. He returned to New Zealand several times for concerts and for two highly successful engagements with the New Zealand Opera Company, as Porgy ( 1965 ) and Osmin ( 1968–9 ). In 1969 he sang at Covent Garden the dual roles of the Ghost and the Player King in the première of Humphrey Searle's Hamlet and the following year, along with the title roles in Boris Godunov , Don Carlos and ...

Mangin, Noel

Mangin, Noel (31 Dec 1931)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...Noel ( b Wellington , 31 Dec 1931 ; d Auckland , 4 March 1995 ). New Zealand bass . After training initially as a tenor, he made his début as a bass-baritone in Auckland in 1957 as Giorgio Germont. Three years later he made his Australian début as Sarastro, by which time his voice had developed a true bass depth and resonance. After further study in Paris with Dominique Modesti ( 1961–2 ), he sang with Sadler's Wells Opera ( 1963–7 ) and at the Hamburg Staatsoper from 1967 until he began a freelance career in 1977 . In Hamburg he sang Black...

Te Kanawa, Dame Kiri

Te Kanawa, Dame Kiri (6 March 1944)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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2009
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...Kanawa, Dame Kiri ( b Gisborne , 6 March 1944 ). New Zealand soprano . Winner of many prizes in New Zealand and Australia, she later studied at the London Opera Centre with Vera Rozsa . In 1969 her singing of Elena in La donna del lago at the Camden Festival marked her as a singer of exceptional promise, and this was confirmed with her first major role at Covent Garden, W.A. Mozart's Countess Almaviva ( 1971 ). In the same year she repeated the role at the Lyons Opéra and in her American début at Santa Fe. Further roles at Covent Garden have included...

Cantelo, April

Cantelo, April (2 April 1928)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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2009
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...a very gifted singing actress, demonstrating her skill as Manon Lescaut in H. W. Henze's Boulevard Solitude and Jenny in Kurt Weill's Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (both first British productions). She directed a production of Purcell's The Fairy-Queen in New Zealand in 1972 . Her voice was a pure, clear lyrical soprano, not large, but capable of flexibility and variety of expression. Alan...

McIntyre, Sir Donald

McIntyre, Sir Donald (22 Oct 1934)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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2009
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...Sir Donald ( Conroy McIntyre ) ( b Auckland , 22 Oct 1934 ). British bass-baritone of New Zealand birth . He studied in London and made his début in 1959 with the WNO as Zaccaria ( Nabucco ). At Sadler's Wells ( 1960–67 ) he sang over 30 roles, including W. A. Mozart's Figaro, Attila, the Dutchman, Caspar and Pennybank Bill in the first British staging of Mahagonny ( 1963 ). He made his Covent Garden début in 1967 as Pizarro, later singing Barak ( Die Frau ohne Schatten ), Golaud, Shaklovity ( Khovanshchina ), Balstrode, Escamillo, Nick...

Dolukhanova, Zara

Dolukhanova, Zara (15 March 1918)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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2009
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214 words

...performance ( 1955 ) of Dmitry Shostakovich's cycle From Jewish Folk Poetry . In all her interpretations she displayed a keen style, and she went to the heart of whatever she sang. She toured widely, in east Europe, and in Italy, France, Britain, Argentina, the USA, Japan, New Zealand and other countries. I. M. Yampol'sky...

Ward, David

Ward, David (3 July 1922)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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2009
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...David ( b Dumbarton , 3 July 1922 ; d Dunedin, New Zealand , 16 July 1983 ). Scottish bass. He studied at the RCM and later in Munich with Hans Hotter . In 1952 he joined the chorus of Sadler's Wells Opera and in 1953 sang the Old Bard in The Immortal Hour and Count Walter in Luisa Miller ; he created Hardy ( Nelson ) the following year and from then until 1958 sang a variety of roles with the company including Méphistophélès, Daland and the Dutchman. In 1960 he made his Covent Garden début as Pogner, sang Lord Walton ( I puritani ) at...

Thornton, Edna

Thornton, Edna (1875)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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2009
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...d'Hoffmann ). She sang with the Beecham company at Drury Lane and the Aldwych, and was later a mainstay of the British National Opera Company, singing a wide range of parts including Amneris and Azucena, Delilah and Marfa ( Khovanshchina ). After tours in Canada, Australia and New Zealand with the Quinlan Company in 1924 she retired to teach. ‘Regal’ was a favourite word of critics to describe her acting and bearing on stage, while records confirm that she had an exceptionally strong, resourceful contralto voice to match. J. B....

Henschel, Jane

Henschel, Jane (2 March 1952)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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2009
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...was ‘the controlling presence whenever she was on stage’. In the following years she reappeared as Waltraute and as Fricka, a role she sang also in the Ring at La Scala. Henschel has been closely associated with 20th-century operas such as Erwartung (which she has sung in New Zealand), The Rake's Progress (Glyndebourne and Boston) and Punch and Judy (Amsterdam). One of the most adaptable of singers, with an extensive repertory outside opera, she has been in steady demand throughout Europe and the USA and more recently in Japan. Her recordings include ...

Hammond, Dame Joan

Hammond, Dame Joan (24 May 1912)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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2009
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...Dame Joan ( Hood Hammond ) ( b Christchurch , 24 May 1912 ; d Bowral, NSW , 26 Nov 1996 ). Australian soprano of New Zealand birth . She studied in Sydney, where in 1928 she made her début as Giovanna ( Rigoletto ), then sang Venus and Helmwige ( 1935 ). After further study in Vienna, London and Florence, she was engaged at the Vienna Volksoper in 1938 to sing Nedda, Martha and Konstanze; in 1939 she sang Mimì and Violetta at the Staatsoper. Engaged by the Carl Rosa company ( 1942–5 ), she sang Butterfly, Tosca, Violetta, Marguerite ( Faust...

Nash, Heddle

Nash, Heddle (14 June 1894)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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2009
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432 words

...Roméo (on tour) and David. In 1947–8 , the first postwar season, he returned as Des Grieux and David. He was a mainstay of the early Glyndebourne seasons, singing every Ferrando, Don Basilio and Pedrillo from 1934 to 1938 , and Don Ottavio in 1937 . In 1940 he sang in New Zealand as part of the centennial celebrations for European settlement. During World War II he appeared with the Carl Rosa Opera Company in London. He created Dr Manette in Arthur Benjamin's A Tale of Two Cities at Sadler's Wells in 1957 , his final stage appearance. Nash was also...

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