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NZ soprano thrilled to visit again

TAIPEI--New Zealand crossover soprano Hayley Westenra said yesterday that she is thrilled to visit Taiwan again and looks forward to her upcoming performances here.

The 25-year-old pop and classical singer, who is on her seventh visit to Taiwan, said it is “so, so wonderful” to be back in the country, at a press conference in Taipei.

Westenra is scheduled to perform in Taipei, Tainan and Kaohsiung on April 9, 13 and 14, respectively, singing well-known songs and ballads in English, Japanese, Mandarin and Taiwanese.

At the concert in Tainan's historic Eternal Golden Castle, the audience will be able to see the historic castle gate and flowers decorating the castle, said Niu Hsiao-hua, head of the organizing Management of New Arts.

“I think this is going to be a beautiful backdrop for the audience and for me as a performer,” Westenra said. “I think it's going to be a really magical evening.”

In addition to “Amazing Grace,” one of the best-loved parts of her repertoire, she will also sing the Japanese song “Nada Sou Sou” and various Taiwanese ballads, including “The Moon Represents My Heart” and “Flower in the Rainy Night.”

She will also perform Taiwanese singer-songwriter Deserts Chang's “Baby,” which she said she heard on an Internet radio station and instantly fell in love with.

Westerna will perform accompanied by her own band and the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra. Her concert in Taipei will be held at the National Concert Hall and the one in Kaohsiung will take place at Jhihde Hall.

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Hayley Westenra, of New Zealand, speaks to media in Taipei, yesterday. The 25-year-old crossover soprano, who is on her seventh visit to Taiwan, is set to perform in Taipei, Tainan ...

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