Dame Malvina Major is making good on a promise she made to an Opunake audience last year.
She is coming back for another performance.
The opera singer has booked the TSB Bowl of Brooklands as one venue in her six-city diamond jubilee celebration tour in February next year.
Last year Dame Malvina, who spent many years of her life as a Taranaki farmer's wife, sang at the Egmont Community Art Council's 30th anniversary in Opunake along with three of her proteges, the Coastal Singers and pianist Troy Stevenson.
But she was unwell and couldn't perform her full repertoire, so told the audience she felt she owed them and would be back with more students and musicians.
On February 8, 2014, she will be joined on stage by Geoff Sewell, the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, Hogsnort Rupert and the Royal New Zealand Air Force and Navy Bands.
The jubilee tour celebrates the long and successful career of Dame Malvina who has won a host of awards, received honorary doctorates from Waikato and Massey Universities, started her own foundation, been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) and a Principal Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (PCNZM) for her contributions to opera (later exchanged for Dame Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit) as well as being appointed to the Order of New Zealand (ONZ).
She has also performed in more than 30 opera roles in their original languages, recorded numerous albums and performed internationally including at the pyramids in Egypt with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, for royalty, at a charity concert for Vera Lynn and at the BBC concert broadcast in London.
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