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|Title:||VIVA MALVINA! The lives of Dame Malvina Major|
|Category:||New Zealand - Biographies|
|New / Used:||Used|
|Book Type:||Small Paperback|
|Size (mm):||150 w x 230 h x 25 d|
Very good original condition, handling wear and light foxing around some pages, otherwise clean and unmarked. Images depict all need to know detail.
Dame Malvina Major PCNZM DBE (b. 28 January 1943), was born in Hamilton, New Zealand into a large musical family. As a child she performed at various concerts, singing mainly country and western pop and music from the shows. She received her first classical training in 1955, from Sister Mary Magdalen at Ngaruawahia, north of Hamilton. Sister Febronie continued with her voice training and Sister Liguori gave her piano tuition. As her potential blossomed, Major began travelling weekly to Ponsonby in Auckland, where she received further tuition from Dame Sister Mary Leo at St Mary's College Music School. Sister Mary Leo was internationally recognised as one of the great music teachers, and she later taught another famous New Zealand soprano, Kiri Te Kanawa. Major later moved to England for further study at the London Opera Centre under the guidance of renowned teacher Ruth Packer. She has recorded numerous records and CDs. She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) in 1991 in recognition of her contributions to music, and a Principal Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (PCNZM) in 2008 for her contributions to opera. She is currently Professor of Music at Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand.