Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Bold as brass

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Picture this. It’s 2017 and 40,000 hyped-up rugby fans are waiting for the All Blacks to run on to Auckland’s Eden Park and perform the haka. The warm-up act? A chamber music group. ACE Brass — which sounds nothing like a...

Arrowtown’s operatic coup

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Berlin's loss is Arrowtown’s gain. Right now Simon O’Neill — known as the ‘‘best Wagnerian tenor of his generation’’ — should be in Germany getting ready to perform the lead role in Tristan and Isolde at the Berlin...
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