Eminent soprano retires ‘due to performance anxiety’main
Dame Malvina Major, who once beat Kiri te Kanawa into second place in a New Zealand singing competition, has given her last performance.
Dame Malvina, 72, told Radio New Zealand: ‘I haven’t got that youthful energy any more to counteract that stress.’
A winner of the Kathleen Ferrier award, she sang 30 opera roles and many concert arias.
Her educational foundation has nurtured Hayley Westenra and the tenor trio, Sol3Mio.