On February 28th, 2004, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa gave an historic gala concert at The Aotea Centre to launch the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation, a cause truly close to her heart, created with the stated mission of providing financial and career support for talented young New Zealand singers and musicians at the start of their career. Accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia, Kiri invited some of her native Kiwi friends to share in this world-class occasion, including Dame Malvina Major, Simon O'Neill and Helen Medlyn. It was the event of the year in Auckland and tickets sold out within hours of going on sale. The programme is an operatic event of all the favourites, an added bonus being this is the first time Dame Kiri and Dame Malvina Major have performed together in concert.
Tracklisting: 1. Tarakihi (Traditional) Chorus 2. Porgi Amor (Mozart - le Nozze di Figaro) Kiri Te Kanawa 3. Soave sia il vento (Mozart - Cosi fan Tutte) Kiri Te Kanawa, Helen Medlyn & Edward Scorgie 4. Morgen (Richard Strauss) Kiri Te Kanawa 5. Habanera (Georges Bizet - Carmen) Helen Medlyn and Chorus 6. Flower Song (Georges Bizet - Carmen) Simon O'Neill 7. Merce diletti amiche (Verdi - I Vespri Siciliani) Malvina Major 8. Depuis le jour (Charpentier - Louise) Kiri Te Kanawa 9. Dome epais, le jasmin (Delibes - Lakme) Kiri Te Kanawa, Malvina Major 10. Vissi d'Arte (Puccini - Tosca) Malvina Major 11. Nessun Dorma (Puccini - Turandot) Simon O'Neill and Chorus 12. Un bel di vedremo (Puccini - Madame Butterfly) Malvina Major 13. Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (Puccini - La Rondine) Kiri Te Kanawa 14. Che soave zefiretto (Mozart - le Nozze di Figaro) Kiri Te Kanawa, Malvina Major 15. Io son l'umile ancella (Cilea - Adriana Lecouvreur) Kiri Te Kanawa 16. O soave fanciulla (Puccini - La Boheme) Kiri Te Kanawa, Simon O'Neill 17. Make Your Garden Grow (Bernstein - Candide) Simon O'Neill and Chorus 18. Champagne Chorus (Johann Strauss II - Die Fledermaus) The Full Company 19. May It Be "The Lord Of The Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring" (Rnya, N.Ryan, R.Ryan) Kiri Te Kanawa 20. Hine e Hine (Te Rangi Pai) Kiri Te Kanawa and Chorus