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Ryman backs Foundation to support return of Kiwi opera singers

Amelia Berry (centre) as Musetta in NZ Opera's La bohème
Credit: David Rowland /

Long-term supporter of the Dame Malvina Major Foundation, Ryman Healthcare has partnered with the Foundation to sponsor the Ryman DMMF Mina Foley Scholarship.

Enabling talented young singers to return to New Zealand to perform in a professional season with New Zealand Opera, the scholarship was this year awarded to soprano Amelia Berry to perform in the role of Musetta in La bohème.

The scholarship was started in 2008 in memory of one of New Zealand’s most promising vocal talents of yesteryear, soprano, Mina Foley, whose career was an inspiration for Dame Malvina.

Dame Malvina says the Foundation is thrilled to cement its long-standing relationship with Ryman Healthcare and “Share the Dream” through this worthy scholarship.

“Ryman has been supporting the Dame Malvina Major Foundation for more than 15 years,” says Ryman Healthcare Chief Executive Gordon MacLeod. “Over that time Dame Malvina and her students have entertained thousands of our residents. We can’t think of a better way to support our talented artists.’’

Mina Foley Scholarship recipients

Amelia Berry 2018

Jonathan Abernethy 2017

James Benjamin Rodgers 2016

Rachelle Pike 2015

Madeleine Pierard 2014

Shaun Dixon 2013

Anna Leese 2012

Andrew Glover 2011

Wade Kernot 2010

Wendy Dawn Thompson 2009

Ana James 2009

This article was originally published in our Summer 2018/19 edition of Rhapsody. Download the pdf.


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