Hayley sings at the World Games 2009

16 Jul 2009


Hayley Westenra sang for 40,000 people at the opening ceremony of the World Games. Click the following link to see videos of all her World Games songs at HWI on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/hwivid#g/c/71EB7F6FA490CA16

After wowing the Taiwanese by singing in Mandarin, Kiwi soprano Hayley Westenra has clearly won new fans in the island of 23 million. Tickets for the star's first Taiwan concert in October sold out in a day after her performance at last week's opening ceremony of the 8th World Games.

Her repertoire included a Mandarin love song, The Moon Represents My Heart, performed in front of 40,000 people. Andy Tseng, Taiwan's New Zealand-based press counsellor, says it is now impossible for people to get tickets for Westenra's Moon Festival show at the National Concert Hall on Oct 3, where she will perform with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra.

"The tickets have sold out after her performance at the opening ceremony," Mr Tseng said. The quadrennial World Games opened at the southern city of Kaohsiung on July 16, and are seen as hugely important and a rare opportunity for Taiwan to bask in the international limelight.

"It is so great that Hayley respects the hosts by singing not only one of Taiwan's favourite love songs, but also in the language of the host country," said Auckland-based Taiwanese student David Hsieh, who watched the opening on the internet.

"A lot of people are talking about her now back in Taiwan."

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