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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
Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 / Act 2 : Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 / Act 2 - "Venite! Inginocchiatevi...Quante buffonerie!" Lucia Popp, Kiri Te Kanawa, Frederica von Stade, Sir Thomas Allen 05:22
Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 / Act 3 : Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 / Act 3 - "E Susanna non vien...Dove sono i biei momenti...Io" Kiri Te Kanawa, Giorgio Tadeo, Sir Thomas Allen, London Philharmonic Orchestra 07:31
Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 / Act 4 : Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 / Act 4 - "Giunse alfin il momento...Deh, vieni, non tardar..." Lucia Popp, Samuel Ramey, Frederica von Stade, Kiri Te Kanawa 05:14
Puccini: Tosca, Act 2: "Vissi d'arte" (Tosca) Kiri Te Kanawa, Kent Nagano, Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon 03:05
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
Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K.165 Kiri Te Kanawa, John Constable, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 15:14
Rodgers: Climb Ev'ry Mountain - from "The Sound of Music" Kiri Te Kanawa, The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, Utah Symphony, Julius Rudel 03:15
La bohème: Quando men vo soletta per la via Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir John Pritchard 02:32
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

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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.