Dame Kiri to give charity recital in Southampton

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.      Picture: John Swan

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Picture: John Swan

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One of the world’s best-loved opera singers, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, will give a one-off charity recital at the Southampton Mayflower on Sunday, September 4.

Booking is open now for the event, which is in aid of the Rose Road Association, a centre of excellence supporting Hampshire children with profound and complex disabilities.

Dame Kiri, who has won two Grammy Awards and a lifetime award at the Classical Brits, will be partnered by Julian Reynolds (piano).

Meanwhile, Welsh National Opera will return to the Mayflower next week with an acclaimed new production of Johann Strauss’s Viennese whirl, Die Fledermaus, sung in English on Wednesday and Friday, and a revival of Verdi’s revenge thriller, Il Trovatore (Thursday and Saturday).

John Copley directs Die Fledermaus with Viennese Thomas Rösner conducting a cast headed by Nuccia Focile as Rosalinde.

Olivier award-winning actor Desmond Barrit, who has performed with distinction at Chichester Festival Theatre, makes his WNO debut in the non-singing role of Frosch, the jailer.

Il Trovatore (in Italian with English surtitles) will feature Gwyn Hughes Jones as Manrico, Patricia Bardon as Azucena and Katia Pellegrino as Leonora. Andrea Licata conducts.

· All performances 7.15pm. Tickets: (023) 8071 1811 or mayflower.org.uk.

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