Dame Kiri in concert

March 28, 2013

The $10 million refurbishment of Oamaru’s Opera House wasn’t without controversy.

That’s a lot of money for a small town.

But the leadership of the project by then-mayor Alan McLay and then-deputy, now Waitaki MP, Jacqui Dean, prevailed.

Last night the building got the seal of approval from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa who in opening remarks in which she described Opera House as a little gem and spoke of the importance of heritage.

This was the third time I’d heard her in concert. The first was at Millbrook, the second in Dunedin’s town Hall but this was the best.

There was no need for a microphone in the Opera House seats only about 500 people.This created an intimacy as she held us spell bound through a selection of opera and lighter songs.

She had us laughing, and also crying. Danny Boy is a family favourite, we sang it at our son, Dan’s funeral, but we weren’t alone in having tears in our eyes when she sang it.

Her accompanist, Professor Terrence Dennis, was a performer is his own right.

The ODT reports on Dame Kiri’s visit  here and here.

It was a very special night in a gem of a building with a star.

Dame Kiri in Oamaru Update – sold out

October 27, 2012

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is to perform in the Oamaru Opera House on Thursday March 27th next year.

Her schedule allows only one concert and tickets reserved for Waitaki District residents sold out on the first day.

Remaining tickets go on sale at 10am today.


We got tickets when they first went on sale for Waitaki residents but out of curiosity I just (at 10:12)  checked if there were any more seats left – they’re sold out.

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