Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

Posts tagged: counter-tenor

Encore visit to counter-tenor Xiao Ma, with Stephen Diaz and Gao Ping (piano), at Te Papa

I attended this one-hour recital with a friend, with whom I had just had afternoon tea in the 4th floor café at Te Papa.  She insisted that we should queue for Xiao Ma at 3.30pm; in fact, we went earlier, and soon a huge queue built up.  The doors weren't opened until nearly 4pm, and people poured in till the theatre was absolutely full. Mere Boynton welcomed the audience and... read more

Exceptional recital from Chinese counter-tenor, Xiao Ma

Counter-tenors have come a long way since Alfred Deller revived the voice in the 1940s – not to demean that gentleman’s superb singing.  Xiao Ma’s voice is probably the most beautiful counter-tenor I have heard live – and I have heard some very good ones.  This voice has a bright, sweet tone, and is never strained.  It is well rounded, with huge variety.  There was a tendency at times... read more

Panorama Theme by Themocracy