Join us to celebrate one of the world’s greatest sopranos at an exclusive gala concert event.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, New Zealand’s first Grammy Award winner, has performed on the most spectacular stages across the globe including Covent Garden, La Scala and The Metropolitan Opera,  and will be the special guest of honour* at this extraordinary event. 

The concert will feature much-loved operatic favourites including:

Puccini, Gianni Schicchi, ‘O mio babbino caro’
Donizetti, The Elixir of Love, ‘Una furtiva lagrima’
Verdi, Il Trovatore, ‘Anvil Chorus’
Bizet, The Pearl Fishers, ‘Au font du temple saint’ (‘The Pearl Fishers’ Duet’)
Mozart, Don Giovanni, ‘Catalogue Aria’, as well as a selection of renowned works by Wagner, Rossini, and Mascagni.

A Gala Concert in the Presence of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will feature:

  • Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by music director Giordano Bellincampi 
  • Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus

Together with some of Aotearoa's best operatic voices including:

  • Anna Leese (soprano)
  • Pene Pati (tenor)
  • James Ioelu (bass baritone)

The gala concert will be hosted by Jennifer Ward-Lealand. 

Read artists bios here.

Ensure you are part of this once-in-a-lifetime, historic moment celebrating Dame Kiri’s formidable talent, her contribution to the arts and the renaming of the ASB Theatre in her honour. 


LIVE on Digital Stage tonight. Join us in Aotea Square to watch the free live broadcast of  A Gala Concert in the Presence of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Bring your picnic blanket and grab your spot for a 7:30pm start.

Ticket Pricing

Tickets for this gala event are limited. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Auckland Live, in association with the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation presents
A Gala Concert in the Presence of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Wednesday 20 November, 7.30pm
Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre

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*One ticket per student. Bookings can be made online, phone and at box office. Must show student ID to collect your ticket. Limited seats available. Service fees apply.