Saturday, September 08, 2007

Kiri Te Kanawa saves the Vancouver Recital Society

News from Vancouver:

Because of the ongoing civic strike closing down the Orpheum, fans were worried the much anticipated show [Kiri's first stop on her Farewell Recital Tour] would either be cancelled or moved to a venue, as the Sun reported, like a car dealership.
To accommodate ticket holders the soprano will now perform two shows, one on September 20 at 8 p.m. and another on September 23 at 8 p.m.
"We are most fortunate that Vancouver is the first date on the farewell tour," says Leila Getz, Artistic & Executive Director of the VRS.
"Dame Kiri is willing to come to Vancouver earlier than planned to perform an additional concert in order to accommodate the re-allocation of all ticket holders into the smaller Chan Centre venue. She has been extraordinarily generous."

My understanding is that she agreed to this without doubling her fee.


SarahB said...

Brava Kiri! But damn unions! Maybe we ought to organize into the United Opera Fans, Local 101. Where's Jimmy Hoffa?

Anonymous said...

I was THERE, and they did indeed announce that if it were not for Kiri volunteering to do two recitals for the price of one they would have gone out of business. They had almost 3000 seats sold out and all the publicity done etc., so they would have lost a lot of money if they canceled. The first night her regular pianist was
not there because of the schedule change and of course the reviewer picked that night rather than the regularly scheduled night to critique. The one I attended was great! And Jimmy Hoffa lived out his life in Australia...per one of his peers.