Dame Kiri in Dunedin

 

As reported recently in the Otago Daily TimesDame Kiri Te Kanawa will make what could be her swan song in Dunedin in 2014 as part of a rebranded Otago Festival of the Arts.

The June 1 concert would be a curtain-raiser for the renamed Arts Festival Dunedin, festival director Nicholas McBryde said yesterday.

''It's a real endorsement from Dame Kiri that she has chosen Dunedin as the only South Island engagement on her 70th birthday gala tour,'' he said.

''Since the following day is a public holiday, we're anticipating crowds from all over the South Island to be in Dunedin for what could be Dame Kiri's final performance.''

It was also announced that the festival was rebranding as Arts Festival Dunedin, as it looked to rebuild after a difficult year.

The festival will be held from October 10-19, 2014.

Tickets for Dame Kiri's Dunedin Town Hall concert would be on sale from Monday and range in price from $40 to $100, Mr McBryde said. ''That really is astonishingly good value. They were $160 in Auckland and $120 in Oamaru last year, which sold out.''

 

 

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