Story: Classical musicians

Malvina Major

Soprano Malvina Major is pictured as Cio Cio San in Puccini's Madame Butterfly. She was performing the role for the fourth time, in a Wellington City Opera production of 1999.

Listen to Major sing the aria 'Signore ascolta' from Puccini's opera Turandot in a concert performance in the Christchurch Town Hall on 10 September 2005. On this occasion she was accompanied by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra conducted by Brian Law.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1999/3050

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

Sound file from Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision – Radio New Zealand collection. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision (Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. City series: Blossom festival. 2005-09-10/Reference number ID 243190)

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Peter Walls, 'Classical musicians - New Zealand-based musicians', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by Peter Walls, published 22 Oct 2014