Eminent soprano retires ‘due to performance anxiety’

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.

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