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Te Kanawa, Dame Kiri

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (tā kä´nəwə), 1944–, New Zealand opera and concert singer. Since the early 1970s she has been one of the most acclaimed and popular lyric sopranos and has appeared with London's Royal Opera, New York's Metropolitan Opera, the Munich Opera, and other major houses worldwide. Her warm voice and stage personality are striking, and she has made many recordings. Te Kanawa is noted for such roles as the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1983.

See biography by D. Fingleton (1983).

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Te Kanawa, (Dame) Kiri

Te Kanawa, (Dame) Kiri (b Gisborne, Auckland, NZ, 1944). NZ soprano. Opera début as Elena in Rossini's La donna del lago, Camden Fest. 1969, then CG début 1970. First major CG role was Countess in Le nozze di Figaro 1971. Amer. début (Santa Fe) 1971; Glyndebourne 1973; NY Met début 1974; Salzburg Fest. 1979. Chosen by bridegroom to sing at wedding of Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer in St Paul's Cath., 1981. Fine lyric sop., especially in Mozart, Verdi, and Strauss. Recorded West Side Story, cond. Bernstein. OBE 1973. DBE 1982.

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