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Grand Finale Concert
Pacific Opera Programme
September 8, 2011
Jack Mann Auditorium
University of Canterbury
Grand Finale Concert
Pacific Opera Programme
September 8, 2011
Jack Mann Auditorium
University of Canterbury
ABOUT KIA ORA FOUNDATION
Since 1997, Kia Ora Foundation, a US non-profit organisation set up by Ms. Annette Campbell-White, aNew Zealander resident in the United States, has funded scholarships for educational purposes for NewZealand students. The Foundation offers scholarships in musical performance, which are administeredby the Te Pokai Tara-Universities New Zealand (TPTUNZ), formerly known as the New Zealand ViceChancellors' Committee, (NZVCC). In addition, the Foundation has endowed an undergraduate Scholarship in applied sciences at the University of Otago in Dunedin.
The chief scholarship is the Patricia Pratt Scholarship in Musical Performance, which was established inmemory of Annette Campbell-White's mother, who was a talented pianist. The purpose of the scholarshipis to assist outstanding New Zealand musical performers – both vocal and instrumental - who havecompleted an honours degree in musical performance, preferably in New Zealand, to continue theirmusic development at a renowned international music school or conservatory. The scholarship isawarded for classical musical performance including vocal and instrumental performance and conducting.
In recent years, the Foundation has begun to explore new directions for provision of financial supportfor further activities, which could benefit the development of music education in New Zealand. PacificOpera Programme (POP) was founded by the Board of Directors of the Foundation as a direct result ofthis initial stimulus. This is a new programme, established in 2010, intended to take place, if successful,as a biennial event. It has been created in conjunction with the Dame Malvina Major Foundation(DMMF). Kia Ora is proud to be able to sponsor the first leaders of this international programme, who are Sheri Greenawald, an internationally known soprano, who is now head of the San FranciscoOpera Center, and Mark Morash, Music Director of the San Francisco Opera Centre.
ABOUT THE DAME MALVINA MAJOR FOUNDATION
The Dame Malvina Major Foundation was established in 1991 and the 21st anniversary will be proudlycelebrated in 2011. The Foundation aims to provide educational and training opportunities specificallydesigned to assist and develop the skills of young New Zealanders associated with the performing arts,and to support young New Zealanders of outstanding ability and development potential in preparingfor professional careers.
By offering performance experience with Dame Malvina and other performers and practitioners, theFoundation provides a comprehensive form of advanced training for the greatest number of potentialyoung New Zealand stars. The Foundation supports emerging artists in many ways through programmessuch as the PwC NBR New Zealand Opera Dame Malvina Major Young Artist and Emerging Artists programme, where up to six young performers are chosen each year for a unique opportunity to workwith professionals in the opera industry to develop the skills required to prepare for a career in opera.
Several prizes and scholarships are awarded including the first prize in the New Zealand Aria and Nelson and Wellington competitions. Exceptional talent is assisted through the Sir Howard MorrisonVocal Scholarship and the Mina Foley Scholarship for a singer to return to New Zealand to perform inan opera season.
The Pacific Opera Programme is a new development and the Foundation is delighted to join with KiaOra Foundation in providing this unique experience in Christchurch for young opera performers fromthroughout New Zealand.
NOTE OF WELCOME TO THE YOUNG ARTISTS
It gives me great pleasure, on behalf of the Board of Directors of Kia Ora Foundation,to welcome this talented group of emerging artists to the first Pacific Opera Programme. We hope that what you will learn in the coming days and the insightsthat you will gain into your craft will stay with you for years to come and help you as you seek to navigate the obstacles that face any young artist struggling to make a career in the challenging world of music performance.
On the success of this first programme rests the decision to create POP as a truebiennial event for young artists, so we hope that you will let us know – both during the week of study and in the days that follow – whether it has been usefulfor you and worthwhile to be here for this week in Christchurch.
We are thrilled and happy that Sheri Greenawald and Mark Morash have donated a
week of their valuable time to come to New Zealand to lead this week's programme. The San FranciscoOpera artists' programmes are among the leading programmes for emerging singers in the UnitedStates, and many leading performers on world stages of today have at one time or another comethrough either or both of the Merola summer programme or the Adler programme for resident artisttraining at the San Francisco Opera Center.
We hope that everyone will benefit from POP – not only the young artists who are here to learn andtrain, but also, our visitors from San Francisco, who have come to Christchurch despite its earthquakesand shifting sands. And we hope that our audiences for the coaching sessions and the grand finaleconcert will feel the special thrill that comes from being part of the emerging artist experience. Overand above that – we hope that everyone will leave here having feeling that the whole experience hasbeen fun and worthwhile.
Annette Campbell-WhitePresident, Kia Ora Foundation
MESSAGE FROM DAME MALVINA
I am thrilled that we are combining with Kia Ora Foundation to bring to Christchurchat this time Sheri Greenawald and Mark Morash, the prestigious Directors of theSan Francisco Opera Centre, to give coaching to 16 of our most talented emergingNew Zealand opera singers and accompanists. It will be a unique experience forthem to have such individual coaching and advice so early in their careers here inNew Zealand.
The Pacific Opera Programme (POP) is a happy collaboration with Kia Ora Founda-tion. After my visits to young artists' programmes in the USA and Europe, I had increasingly felt it important that our young singers have international exposureearly in their training, so I am particularly delighted to see this programme cometo fruition here in Christchurch.
It is timely to have such an event here after all the recent disruption and chaos in people's lives here inCanterbury. POP is an event that will be enjoyable, educational and cultural, and we are glad that it isproceeding as planned. Many sporting and cultural events have been postponed or relocated and it iswith thanks to Kia Ora Foundation and the San Francisco Opera Center that they have continued to support holding this Pacific Opera Programme in Christchurch.
Many people have come together to make the week a success and I wish to thank our hard workingDMMF Christchurch Regional Committee, Huntley Lodge where we are all accommodated and wherethe sessions take place and I thank especially the University of Canterbury who have been most generous in their welcome and assistance with putting on our final concert.
I give a warm welcome to all the young artists and hope that they will all take away with them a rewarding experience.
Dame Malvina Major, GNZM, DBE
Sheri Greenawald, San Francisco Opera Center Director, has had a distinguished
international operatic singing career as a soprano, noted in particular for her
enormous range of roles. She has sung leading roles with (among others) San
Francisco Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Venice's La
Fenice, the Munich State Opera, Paris's Châtelet Theater, Welsh National Opera,
Seattle Opera Company, Houston Grand Opera, the Netherlands Opera, Santa Fe
Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Naples's Teatro San Carlos and Opera Theatre of St.
Louis. She has worked with most of opera's great conductors and directors, and
she is featured on several recordings, including singing the role of Birdie in
Blitztein's Regina conducted by John Mauceri and recorded on Decca. A graduate
of the University of Northern Iowa, Greenawald completed the Professional Studies Program at the Juilliard School of Music and has received a Rockefeller Grant, NEA Grant, and was Seattle Opera Association's Artist of the Year in 1998. She has taught privately, was a visiting artist at the Universityof Charleston, an Artist in Residence at the University of Northern Iowa, was the vocal coach of theSanta Fe Apprentice Program in 1999 and opera director for the program in 2000, and has given master classes the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. She was engaged in 2000/2001 as a professor of voiceand opera at the Boston Conservatory, with a full vocal studio, coursework on English and AmericanSong Repertory, and directed for the Opera Studio.
Since May 2002, she has been the Director of the Opera Center for the San Franicsco Opera, and Artistic Director for the Merola Opera Program, both of which are distinguished young artist trainingprograms.
Mark Morash is a conductor and pianist originally from Halifax, Canada. He currently
serves as the director of musical studies for San Francisco Opera Center. He has also
led productions and concerts with the Merola Opera Program and Western Opera
Theater. In recent years, Morash has also led performances of Rigoletto with Opera
Colorado as well as Don Giovanni and The Turn of the Screw for the Lincoln Theater
in Yountville, California. His work with the San Francisco Opera Center has included
such varied repertoire as Così fan tutte, Die Fledermaus, The Merry Wives of Windsor,
Donizetti's Rita, Pasatieri's The Seagull, Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona and Ibert's
Angélique. As a collaborative pianist, Morash's performances have taken him
throughout North America, Japan and Russia. He has collaborated with such
renowned artists as Michael Schade, Tracy Dahl and Sheri Greenawald, and he has accompanied numerousemerging singers in San Francisco Opera's esteemed Schwabacher Debut Recitals. Morash has also beeninvolved with the Opera Center of Pittsburgh Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, the Banff Centre, and Hawaii OperaTheater and is a former faculty member of the University of Toronto.
CARLEEN EBBS, soprano
Carleen completed her training at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice in 2010 where she studied with Dennis O'Neill. Prior to this, Carleen gained a Masters of Music with Distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and also studied atVictoria University of Wellington. Based in London, Carleen continues to work with teachersDennis O'Neill and Sally Silver.
This UK summer Carleen is covering the role of Gilda from Verdi's Rigoletto (singing CountessCeprano and The Page) and performing Morgana in Alcina at The Arcola Theatre London.
Last summer Carleen performed the role of Madama Gilda from Donizetti's first opera, L'ajo nell'imbarazzoconducted by Simone Bernardini with members of the Berlin Philharmonic for the Barga Opera Festival, Italy.
Carleen was one of five finalists in the 2011 London Handel Competition, and performed in concert with Laurence Cummings and the London Handel Orchestra. A keen Oratorio singer, Carleen has been selected tosing seven performances of Handel's Messiah in the UK in late 2011.
AMINA EDRIS, soprano
Egyptian born, Amina immigrated to Christchurch with her family at the age of 10. She iscurrently studying towards a Bachelor of Music in Performance Voice at the University ofCanterbury under the tutelage of Dame Malvina Major. She made her operatic debut as Serpina in Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona in the 2010 University of Canterbury Platform ArtsFestival. She will complete her degree in 2011 and hopes to further her studies at post-graduate level.
ELISABETH HANNA, soprano
Elisabeth was awarded a Bachelor of Music degree with Honours majoring in performancevoice in 2010 from the University of Canterbury and has been under the tutelage of DameMalvina Major for the past six years. She performed the role of Mrs Nolan in The Mediumby Menotti, part of the University of Canterbury Platform Festival. She was a chorus member for Southern Opera's production of Carmen in 2007.
POLLY OTT, coloratura soprano
In 2009 Polly completed a Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours from the University of Canterbury, majoring in performance voice under the tuition of Dame MalvinaMajor. She was awarded the New Zealand Opera School Prize in the finals of the NewZealand Aria competition 2010 and was a 2009/2010 PwC Dame Malvina Major EmergingArtist for NBR New Zealand Opera. This included performing the First Bridesmaid and being in the chorus, as well as understudy of Barbarina and shadow cover of Susanna inThe Marriage of Figaro. She was a finalist in the 2009 Lexus Song Quest. Polly is currently
auditioning to study for a Master of Music in opera in Austria or Germany.
XING XING, soprano
From Chongqing, China, Xing Xing came to Wellington in 2003 to study. She completed a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in 2007, and is undertaking a PostgraduateDiploma in Music (New Zealand School of Music) while finishing her BCA degree in 2011(Victoria University). Competition successes include winner of Sealord Aria Competitionand Audience Favourite Prize 2010, recital class winner Napier Performing Arts Competi-tions 2008 and 2010. She is a member of the NBR New Zealand Opera Chorus since 2007,is a PwC Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist and recently won the Circle 100 Scholarship.
BIANCA ANDREW, mezzo soprano
Bianca has recently completed her Bachelor of Music at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington where she is studying towards a Post Graduate Diploma in Music under thetuition of Margaret Medlyn. She performed the role of Ino in the 2009 NZSM production of Handel's Semele and will perform Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream by Britten. For Day's Bay Opera in Wellington she took the roles of Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaroand Modestina in Rossini's The Journey to Rheims. A recent role was Anna in Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins for Opera/Fabula.
ELISABETH HARRIS, mezzo soprano
Elisabeth is currently in the final year of her BMus majoring in Performance Voice with Vernon Midgley. For the past 17 years she has had considerable stage experience in various choirs, shows, operas, musicals, competitions and dramas. She developed her love for opera, singing both supporting and lead roles with Canterbury Opera Youth. Other highlights include extensive chorus work in Canterbury Opera, Southern Opera and Showbiz productions. Elisabeth is a conductor and musical director of a choir; haswon the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Music Composition Competition; obtained Grade 8Piano; her ATCL in Speech and Drama; has completed a BA with a Double Major in
History and English and in 2010 won the Recital section of the Sealord Aria in Nelson, subsequently beingnominated for the New Zealand Young Performer of the Year Awards. Elisabeth has just finished performingin a Repertory Theatre production of Hamlet, in which she played the role of Ophelia.
STEPHEN DIAZ, counter tenor
Recently appointed a 2011/2012 PwC Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with NBR NewZealand Opera, Stephen is currently completing a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performanceat the University of Auckland. Stephen has appeared in several recitals for Opera Factory,and has been a member of the Auckland Youth Choir (2006-2008) and Auckland ChamberChoir (2008-2010). In 2011, Stephen covered Arsamene in NBR New Zealand Opera's production of Xerxes and will join the Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus for Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci.
CAMERON BARCLAY, tenor
Cameron is a 2010/2011 PwC Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist for NBR New ZealandOpera and has a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland.
Based in Auckland, Cameron has appeared as a soloist with many choral ensembles and for Opera Factory. He is a member of the NBR New Zealand Opera Chapman Tripp OperaChorus and is understudying the role of Beppe in that company's production of Pagliacci.
ANDREW GRENON, tenor
From Christchurch, Andrew studied at Canterbury University and graduated with a Bachelorof Music with Honours in 2006. He was a PwC Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist of NBRNew Zealand Opera in 2009/2010 and understudied Triquet in Eugene Onegin and Curzioand Basilio inThe Marriage of Figaro as well as performing as a member of the ChapmanTripp Opera Chorus. Recent performances include Bach's St Matthew's Passion with the Orpheus Choir and Vector Wellington Orchestra and Handel's Messiah with the ChristchurchCity Choir and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
DARREN PENE PATI, tenor
Samoan-born Pene is in his final year of study for BMus(Hons)/BA at the University of Auckland where his teachers are Patricia Wright and Rosemary Barnes. He won the prestigious New Zealand Aria receiving also the ‘Most Promising Voice' award and won the Performing Arts Competition Society ‘Young Performer of the Year' award in Invercargill.
He was one of eight finalists in the prestigious MacDonalds Aria in Sydney. Performancesinclude Britten's Serenade with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra, the tenor solo in Rossini'sStabat Mater with the Hamilton Civic choir and a leading role in the University of Auckland's production of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.
OLIVER SEWELL, tenor
Oliver is a student at the University of Canterbury and a Godley Scholar with theChristchurch Cathedral Choir. He has been a soloist with the Nelson and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras, has performed the tenor arias for Bach's St John Passion with theCity of Dunedin Choir and the Southern Sinfonia and the role of Uriel in Haydn's Creationwith the Napier Civic Choir. He took a lead role in the one act opera Une éducation manquée for the Platform Arts Festival in 2010. He recently spent a month in Oxford,singing at Christ Church Cathedral.
MOSES MACKAY, bass baritone
Moses graduated from Auckland University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music Performanceand is embarking on Honours in 2011. He has been a member of Chapman Tripp OperaChorus in NBR New Zealand Opera's productions of The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart,Xerxes by Handel and Macbeth by Verdi when he performed the role of Assassin/Servant.
In 2010 Moses appeared in the University of Auckland's production of Dorothy Buchanan'sWoman at the Store and he was soloist in Schumann's Mass in C minor with Bach Musica.
He is a 2011/2012 PWC Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist.
ANTHONY SCHNEIDER, bass baritone
Anthony has just completed his BMus at the University of Auckland, under Te Oti Rakenaand Carmel Carroll. He has had coachings with Richard Liu, Robert Wiremu, Dean Sky-Lucas,Rosemary Barnes and Frances Wilson. Recent highlights include a role as the Apparition inMacbeth with NBR New Zealand Opera, a role in the world premiere of the student operaThe Electrical Eclipse by Celeste Oram, and solos with Ensemble Polymnia, Bach Musica,Pakuranga and South Auckland Choral Societies, and the North Shore Harmony Club. Thisyear he won the Becroft Aria and Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Awards competitions.
DAVID KELLY, pianist
After studying at the University of Canterbury, David was a PwC Dame Malvina MajorEmerging Artist for NBR New Zealand Opera, followed by a period with Australian OperaStudio in Perth, Western Australia, where he was repetiteur for several opera productions.
Since returning to New Zealand he has been active as an accompanist and coach, includingwork at the University of Auckland, the NZ Opera School in Whanganui and NBR NewZealand Opera and has performed with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra. For NBR NewZealand Opera he has been principal repetiteur for Mozart's The Magic Flute, Donizetti'sDon Pasquale, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Verdi's Macbeth and Handel's Xerxes as well
as chorus repetiteur for L'Italiana in Algeri (Rossini) and Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart).
KIRSTEN SIMPSON, pianist
Kirsten graduated from the University of Canterbury with a MMus in performance pianoand then studied at the Royal College of Music in London where she was a finalist for theRCM concerto competition and was awarded two distinctions for piano accompaniment.
Kirsten graduated with a PGDip and PGDip.adv in Performance. Her many engagements in-cluded work as a staff accompanist at the RCM, Aldeburgh Young Musicians, Britten-Pearsand English Chamber Opera and the Solti Te Kanawa Accademia Di Bel Canto in Italy. Shehas performed at the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, St James's Piccadilly and St John'sSmith Square in London. In New Zealand she has accompanied Dame Malvina Major for
three tours and for her CD Dame Malvina Major - My Life in Song, the Queenstown Violin Summer School, theDunedin Singing Competitions and the Gisborne International Music Competition. In 2012 Kirsten will be anofficial accompanist for the NZ Cello Festival and Competition. She will also tour with the group ALTO forChamber Music NZ. Future projects include a CD recording with Anna Leese and also ALTO.
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