Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Composers

Biography

Born: March 6, 1944; New Zealand  
New Zealand born soprano Kiri Te Kanawa is of Maori descent. Her earliest vocal studies were with Sister Maria Leo in Auckland. She won the Melbourne Sun contest and went to London where she studied with Vera Rozsa at the London Opera Center. It was there that she first appeared on stage as the second lady in Die Zauberflöte of Mozart. In 1969, she sang Elena in Rossini's La donna del lago at the Camden Festival. In 1970, she made her debut at Read more the Royal Opera, Covent Garden as Xenia in Boris Godunov and the following year she captured the public attention as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, a role for which she became world famous. Her American debut came that summer at the Santa Fe Opera, again as the Countess, as she was for her San Francisco Opera debut in 1972. She was soon singing at all of the major opera houses of Europe adding roles in Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, and Die Zauberflöte to her Mozart repertoire. Her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1974 as Desdemona in Otello came on only a few hours notice when she substituted for the ailing Teresa Stratas. Her other Verdi roles include Amelia in Simon Boccanegra and Violetta in La Traviata. Her primary roles in the French repertoire were Micaëla in Carmen and Marguerite in Faust. The Houston Grand Opera was the site of her first Arabella in 1977 and since then she has made a specialty of Strauss' aristocratic ladies including the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier and the Countess in Capriccio. She was able to display her comic side with performances of Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus. Her appearances in the operas of Puccini have been infrequent but she was a lovely Mimì. Many critics found her Tosca lacking the dramatic edge the role requires, but she always sang the role beautifully. Her appearances at the festivals at Salzburg and Glyndebourne are always highlights of the season.
Te Kanawa has earned fame also as a recitalist. Her programs included songs of Purcell, Schubert, Fauré, Canteloube, Liszt, and, of course, Strauss. She often included Maori folk songs as part of these programs or as encores. In concert she sang the Vier Letzte Lieder of Strauss and Mozart's Exsultate jubilate. Perhaps her most famous appearance was at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at Westminster Abbey in 1981 singing "Let the bright seraphim" from Handel's Samson. The following year she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
The voice of Kiri Te Kanawa is a lovely bright soprano, with great ease and beauty in the upper register. The wonderful legato phrasing and good technique have served her well in in many Mozart roles. She displays a wonderful expansive style which is required by the Strauss roles she performs. She has rarely tried to move her voice beyond its natural limits and this has provided her with a long, successful career. Her many recordings give an excellent indication of the finer points of her performances and she has recorded most of her important interpretations. Several of her important roles have been documented on video which allows the public to remember the totality of her performances. Kiri Te Kanawa will have a special place in the hearts of Mozart and Strauss enthusiasts as long her recordings and videos exist. Read less

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Born: March 6, 1944; New Zealand  
New Zealand born soprano Kiri Te Kanawa is of Maori descent. Her earliest vocal studies were with Sister Maria Leo in Auckland. She won the Melbourne Sun contest and went to London where she studied with Vera Rozsa at the London Opera Center. It was there that she first appeared on stage as the second lady in Die Zauberflöte of Mozart. In 1969, she sang Elena in Rossini's La donna del lago at the Camden Festival. In 1970, she made her debut at Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
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Mozart: Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, K.339 - 1. Dixit Dominus Domino meo
Mozart: Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, K.339 - 2. Confitebor tibi, Domine
Mozart: Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, K.339 - 3. Beatus vir qui timet Dominum
Mozart: Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, K.339 - 4. Laudate pueri Dominum
Mozart: Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, K.339 - 5. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes
Mozart: Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, K.339 - 6. Magnificat anima mea
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus - Overture
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 1 - "Täubchen, das entflattert ist"
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 1 - "Da schreibt meine Schwester Ida"
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 1 - "Ach, ich darf nicht hin zu dir!"
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 1 - "Nein, mit solchen Advokaten"
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 1 - "Komm mit mir zum Souper"
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 1 - "So muss allein ich bleiben"
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 1 - "Trinke, Liebchen, trinke schnell"
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 1 - "Ich höre Stimmen!"
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 1 - "Mein Herr, was dächten Sie von mir"
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 1 - "Nein, nein, ich zweifle gar nicht mehr"
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 2 - "Ein Souper heut uns winkt"
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 2 - "Ich lade gern mir Gäste ein"
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 2 - "Ach, meine Herr'n und Damen"
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 2 - "Mein Herr Marquis"
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 2 - "Dieser Anstand, so manierlich"
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 2 - Csárdás: "Klänge der Heimat"
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 2 - Finale: "Im Feuerstrom der Reben"
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 2 - "Herr, Chevalier, ich grüsse Sie!"
J. Strauss II: Unter Donner und Blitz, Polka, Op.324
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 2 - "Genug damit, genug"
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 3 - Entr'acte
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 3 - "Ein fideles Gefängnis" - Nr.13 Melodram
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 3 - "Spiel' ich die Unschuld vom Lande"
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 3 - Terzett: "Ich stehe voll Zagen"
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Act 3 - Finale: "O Fledermaus, o Fledermaus"
Gounod: Faust / Act 1 - No.1 Introduction
Gounod: Faust / Act 1 - "Rien!... En vain j'interroge"
Gounod: Faust / Act 1 - No.3 "Mais ce Dieu"
Gounod: Faust / Act 1 - "Me voici!" - "Eh bien!"
Gounod: Faust / Act 2 - No.5 "Vin ou bière"
Gounod: Faust / Act 2 - No.6 "O sainte médaille"
Gounod: Faust / Act 2 - No.6b Invocation: "Avant de quitter ces lieux" - "Al- lons, amis"
Gounod: Faust / Act 2 - No.7 Ronde du veau d'or: "Le veau d'or"
Gounod: Faust / Act 2 - No.8 "Merci de ta chanson"
Gounod: Faust / Act 2 - No.9 "Ainsi que la brise légère" - "Ne permettez-vous pas"
Gounod: Faust / Act 3 - No.10 Entr'acte - "Faites-lui les aveux"
Gounod: Faust / Act 3 - No.11 "C'est ici?"
Gounod: Faust / Act 3 - No.12 "Salut! Demeure chaste et pure"
Gounod: Faust / Act 3 - No.13 "Alerte, la voilà"
Gounod: Faust / Act 3 - No.14 "Je voudrais bien savoir"
Gounod: Faust / Act 3 - No.14a "Chanson du Roi de Thulé: "Il était un roi" - "Les grands seigneurs"
Gounod: Faust / Act 3 - Air des bijoux: "Ah! Je ris de me voir"
Gounod: Faust / Act 3 - No.15 "Seigneur Dieu, que vois-je!"
Gounod: Faust / Act 3 - No.16 "Prenez mon bras" - "Et quoi! toujours seule?"
Gounod: Faust / Act 3 - No.17 "Il était temps"
Gounod: Faust / Act 3 - No.18 "Il se fait tard"
Gounod: Faust / Act 3 - No.18a "Eternelle! O nuit d'amour" - "Marguerite!"
Gounod: Faust / Act 3 - No.18b "Divine pureté"
Gounod: Faust / Act 3 - No.18c "Tenez! Elle ouvre sa fenêtre"
Gounod: Faust / Act 4 - No.19 "Elles ne sont plus là"
Gounod: Faust / Act 4 - No.19a "Il ne revient pas"
Gounod: Faust / Act 4 - No.20 "Marguerite! Siebel!'
Gounod: Faust / Act 4 - No.20a "Si le bonheur" - "Soyez béni, Siebel"
Gounod: Faust / Act 4 - No.21 "Seigneur, daignez permettre"
Gounod: Faust / Act 4 - No.22 "Déposons les armes"
Gounod: Faust / Act 4 - No.22a "Gloire immortelle" - No.23 "Allons, Siebel"
Gounod: Faust / Act 4 - No.23a "Qu'attendez-vous encore?"
Gounod: Faust / Act 4 - No.24 Sérénade: "Vous qui faites l'endormie"
Gounod: Faust / Act 4 - No.25 "Que voulez-vous, messieurs?"
Gounod: Faust / Act 4 - No.26 "Par ici, mes amis!"
Gounod: Faust / Act 5 - No.27 La nuit de Walpurgis: "Dans les bruyères"
Gounod: Faust / Act 5 - No.28 "Jusqu'aux premières feux"
Gounod: Faust / Act 5 - No.29 Chant bachique: "Doux nectar"
Gounod: Faust / Act 5 - No.30 "Va t'en"
Gounod: Faust / Act 5 - No.30a "Mon coeur est pénétré"
Gounod: Faust / Act 5 - No.31 "Alerte, alerte!"
Gounod: Faust / Act 5 - No.32 Apothéose: "Sauvée!"
Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 1. Les Nubiennes, valse (Allegretto)
Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 2. Adagio
Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 3. Danse antique (Allegretto)
Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 4. Variations de Cléopatre (Moderato maestoso)
Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 5. Les Troyennes (Moderato con moto)
Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 6. Variations du miroir (Allegretto)
Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 7. Danse de Phryné (Allegro vivo)
Die Karten fallen besser als das letzte Mal
Sie wollen alle Geld!
Matteo!
Ich danke, Fräulein
Er ist der Richtige nicht für mich!
Aber der Richtige, wenn's einen gibt für mich
Das ist der Schlitten vom Elemer
So triumphierend treten Sie herein?
Laßt uns allein, meine Kinder
Mandryka!
Herr Graf, Sie haben Ihrem werten Brief
Der Onkel ist dahin
Das ist der Fall von andrer Art
Mein Elemer! ... Nach dem Matteo sehnt sich
Nach dem Matteo sehnt sich nichts in mir
Das ist ein Engel
Sie sehn nicht aus wie jemand
Ich habe eine Frau gehabt
Sie wolln mich heiraten, sagt mein Vater
Und du wirst mein Gebieter sein
Die Wiener Herrn verstehn sich auf die Astronomie
Und jetzt sag ich Adieu
O Arabella, gibt es was Schöneres
Ein Feigling bin ich
Und wenn hier viele Arabella heissen
Ging durch einen Wald
Einleitung
Über seine Felder
Sie hier? So muss ich fragen, Arabella
Welch ein erregtes Tête-à-tête
Papa, so schau mir ins Gesicht!
Ich gratuliere Ihnen, Herr Leutnant
Papa, Mama!
Sehr gut. Jetzt habe ich mein richtiges Vis-à-vis
Zdenkerl, du bist die Bessre von uns zweien
Mandryka!
Mit diesem Herrn da trete ich vor Ihnen
Sie gibt mir keinen Blick, sie sagt nicht gute Nacht
Das war sehr gut, Mandryka
Dann aber, wie ich Sie gespürt hab hier im Finstern
R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder, TrV 296 - 1. Frühling
R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder - 2. September
R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder - 3. Beim Schlafengehen
R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder, AV 150 - 4. Im Abendrot
Bernstein: West Side Story - Prologue
Bernstein: West Side Story - Jet Song
Bernstein: West Side Story - Something's Coming
Bernstein: West Side Story - The Dance At The Gym - Blues
Bernstein: West Side Story - The Dance At The Gym - Promenade
Bernstein: West Side Story - The Dance At The Gym - Mambo
Bernstein: West Side Story - The Dance At The Gym - Cha-Cha
Bernstein: West Side Story - The Dance At The Gym - Meeting Scene
Bernstein: West Side Story - The Dance At The Gym - Jump
Bernstein: West Side Story - Maria
Bernstein: West Side Story - Tonight - Balcony Scene
Bernstein: West Side Story - America
Bernstein: West Side Story - Cool
Bernstein: West Side Story - One Hand, One Heart
Bernstein: West Side Story - Tonight (Ensemble)
Bernstein: West Side Story - The Rumble
Bernstein: West Side Story - I Feel Pretty
Bernstein: West Side Story - Ballet Sequence - Beginning
Bernstein: West Side Story - Ballet Sequence - Transition To Scherzo
Bernstein: West Side Story - Ballet Sequence - Scherzo
Bernstein: West Side Story - Ballet Sequence - Somewhere
Bernstein: West Side Story - Ballet Sequence - Procession And Nightmare
Bernstein: West Side Story - Gee, Officer Krupke
Bernstein: West Side Story - A Boy Like That
Bernstein: West Side Story - I Have A Love
Bernstein: West Side Story - Taunting Scene
Bernstein: West Side Story - Finale
Mozart: Don Giovanni - Overture
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Notte e giorno faticar" - "Leporello, ove sei?"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Ah! del padre in periglio" - "Ma qual mai s'offre, o Dei"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Fuggi, crudele, fuggi!"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Orsù, spicciati presto"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Ah! chi mi dice mai" - "Udisti? qualche bella"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Chi è là?"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Madamina, il catalogo è questo"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Giovinette, che fate all'amore" - "Manco male, è partita..."
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Ho capito, signor sì!"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Alfin siam liberati"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Là ci darem la mano" - "Fermati, scellerato!"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Ah, fuggi il traditor"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Mi par ch'oggi il demonio si diverta"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Non ti fidar, o misera" - "Povera sventurata"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Don Ottavio... son morta!"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Or sai chi l'onore"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Come mai creder deggio"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Dalla sua pace" (K.540a)
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Io deggio ad ogni patto"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Fin ch'han dal vino"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Masetto... senti un po'..."
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Batti, batti, o bel Masetto" - "Guarda un po' come seppe questa strega"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Presto, presto... pria ch'ei venga" - "Tra quest' arbori celata"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Bisogna aver corragio" - "Protegga il giusto cielo"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Riposate, vezzose ragazze"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Venite pur avanti" - "Da bravi, via, ballate"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Ecco il birbo" - "Trema, trema scellerato"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "Eh via, buffone, non mi seccar" - "Leporello!"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "Ah! taci, ingiusto core"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "Amico, che ti par?"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "Deh! vieni alla finestra" - "V'è gente alla finestra"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "Metà di voi qua vadano"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "Zitto... Lascia ch'io senta... Ottimamente"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "Vedrai, carino"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "Di molte faci il lume"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "Sola, sola in buio loco" - "Dunque quello sei tu"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "Ah! pietà, signori miei!" - "Ferma, perfido; ferma"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "Il mio tesoro intanto"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "In quali eccessi" (K.540c, Recitative)
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "Mi tradì quell'alma ingrata" (K540c, Aria)
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "Ah! ah! ah! questa è buona!"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "O statua gentilissima"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "Calmatevi, idol mio"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "Crudele? Ah no! mio bene!"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "Non mi dir, bell'idol mio" - "Ah si segua il suo passo"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "Già la mensa è preparata"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "L'ultima prova"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "Don Giovanni, a cenar teco m'invitasti"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "Ah! dov'è il perfido?"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "Or che tutti, o mio tesoro"
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "Questo è il fin di chi fa mal!"
1. Prelude (String Sextet)
"Bezaubernd ist sie heute wieder"
"Bei sanfter Musik schläft sich's am besten"
"Der Strom der Tränen trug mich fort"
"Die Bühne ist fertig"
"Sie ist doch gekommen! Du hast es erreicht"
"Ihr geht. Entließ schon die Macht"
"Kein andres, das mir so im Herzen loht" (Olivier)
"Lassen Sie ihn bewähren"
"Kein andres, das mir so im Herzen loht"
"Wie schön sind die Worte, kaum mehr kenn' ich sie"
"Verraten hab' ich meine Gefühle"
"Sie erzählten beredsam von Eurem Empfinden"
"Welch' köstliche Begegnung"
"Wir kehren zurück in die Welt des Salons"
1. Tanz: Passepied - "Was sagt ihr?"
2. Tanz: Gigue - "Ich bin fest entschlossen"
3. Tanz: Gavotte
"Eure Kunst entzückt und begeistert mich"
Fuge - "Tanz und Musik stehn im Bann des Rhythmus"
"Eine Oper ist ein absurdes Ding"
Duett der italienischen Sänger - "Addio mio vita"
"Darf ich Sie nach Paris zurückbringen"
Oktett, 1. Teil: Lach-Ensemble - "Sie lachen ihn aus"
Oktett, 2. Teil: Streit-Ensemble - "Aber so hört doch!"
"Hola! Ihr Streiter im Apoll!"
"La Roche, du bist groß! La Roche, du bist monumental!"
"Das ist mehr als eine Versöhnung"
"Wählt doch einen Vorwurf, der Konflikt schildert"
"Gut in eure Mäntel gehüllt"
"Das war ein schöner Lärm"
"Herr Direktor ... Wo kommen Sie her?"
Andante con moto (Mondscheinmusik)
"Wo ist mein Bruder?"
"Kein andres, das mir im Herzen so loht"
Du Spiegelbild
Handel: Samson HWV 57 / Act 3 - Let The Bright Seraphim
Handel: Samson HWV 57 / Act 3 - Let The Bright Seraphim


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