In November, the Dame Malvina Major Foundation and New Zealand Opera celebrated their 20 year partnership with supporters in ‘A Tribute in Song to Dame Malvina Major’ at the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Studio in Auckland.
The event featured performances from artists who had benefitted from the artist development programme the two organisations have fostered over many years.
During the event, mezzo-soprano Katie Trigg, soprano Katherine Winitana, baritone Samuel Downes and pianist Ben Kubiak were announced as the 2021 Dame Malvina Major Foundation New Zealand Opera Studio Artists.
New Zealand Opera Director Thomas de Mallet Burgess says the team at New Zealand Opera is so appreciative of the years of support the Dame Malvina Major Foundation has provided young singers, and the immense personal contribution that Dame Malvina has made to our artform.
“The list of opera singers who have come through the programme partnership between the Dame Malvina Major Foundation and New Zealand Opera testifies to the strength of this 20 year relationship and the significant help it gives to young New Zealanders in achieving their potential in the performing arts.
“Now, more than ever, we need faith in the future and the strength to nurture the talent that will take us there.”