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Kiri Te Kanawa

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Delibes: The Flower Duet (From "Lakmé") Katherine Jenkins, Kiri Te Kanawa, Philharmonia Orchestra, Anthony Inglis 03:50
Chants d'Auvergne : Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne - 2. Bailero Kiri Te Kanawa, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 06:39
Schubert: Ave Maria, D.839 Kiri Te Kanawa, St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, Thelma Owen, English Chamber Orchestra 03:38
Die Zauberflöte, K.620 / Act 2 : Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K.620 / Act 2 - Die Zauberflote, K. 620 - "Ach ich fuhl's" Kiri Te Kanawa, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 04:47
O Mio Babbino Caro Kiri Te Kanawa, The London Philharmonic Orchestra 02:30
Manon Lescaut / Act 4 : Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 4 - Sola, perduta, abbandonata Kiri Te Kanawa, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Riccardo Chailly 04:51
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 3 : Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 3 - Sull'aria Lucia Popp, Kiri Te Kanawa, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 02:35
Carmen, WD 31 / Act 3 : Bizet: Carmen, WD 31 / Act 3 - "Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante" Kiri Te Kanawa, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 05:43
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 / Act 3 : Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 / Act 3 - "Dove sono i bei momenti" Kiri Te Kanawa, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine 04:48
Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 / Act 2 : Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 / Act 2 - "Voi che sapete" - "Bravo! che bella voce!" Frederica von Stade, Kiri Te Kanawa, Lucia Popp, London Philharmonic Orchestra 03:53

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Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 : Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 - Overture
Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 / Act 1 : Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 / Act 1 - "Cinque... deci... venti..." - "Cosa stai misurando"
Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 / Act 1 : Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 / Act 1 - "Se a caso Madama" - "Or bene, ascolta, e taci"
Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 / Act 1 : Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 / Act 1 - "Bravo, signor padrone...Se vuol ballare...Ed aspettaste"

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Born Clair Mary Teresa Rawstron on March 6, 1944 in Gisborne, New Zealand, the acclaimed opera soprano is better known as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. One of opera’s most beloved vocalists, her repertoire included works sung in many different languages dating back to the 17th century. She began her career by singing pop songs in New Zealand clubs in the early 1960s before moving to London, England and enrolling at the London Opera Center in 1966. She began to gain attention for her appearances in productions such as Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Rossinis La donna del lego, and Donizetti’s Anna Bolena. Her career picked up steam when she appeared in several American shows including The Marriage of Figaro in July, 1971. Further productions in the early 1970s took Kiri Te Kanawa to Scotland, France, Australia, Germany, Italy, and back to America. By the 1980s, she was a world-renowned vocalist and, in 1984, appeared in the operatic revival of West Side Story conducted by composer Leonard Bernstein himself. Since 1966, Kiri Te Kanawa has released over 200 albums including studio, live, and compilations. Her catalog includes Brahms: A German Requiem (1979), Verdi & Puccini (1983), Handel: Messiah (1985), Wagner: Tannhäuser (1993) and Bizet: Carmen (1998). She has won many awards during her career and her honors include being appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, for services to music, in the 1973 Queen's Birthday Honours. She was elevated to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for services to opera, in the 1982 Queen's Birthday Honours. Kiri Te Kanawa continued to perform regularly until the mid-1990s, when her live performances became less frequent. She rarely performed opera in her later years and her final performance was in October 2016. She announced her retirement in September 2017.