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Kiri Te Kanawa - The Definitive Biography

Kiri Te Kanawa
Release Date: 03/29/2011 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 0065  
Composer:  Richard StraussFrancesco CilčaGiacomo PucciniGeorge Frideric Handel,   ... 
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 45 Mins. 

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Kiri Te Kanawa's story has all the best elements of an operatic fairytale. An unwanted, part-Maori baby, she was adopted at five weeks by a Maori father and a European mother living in a small town in New Zealand. From this unlikely background she went on to become the world's most famous and best-loved female opera star.

In this special film biography, Dame Kiri talks to Melvyn Bragg about her life and career as a camera crew travelled with her to capture an exciting year in the life of this popular soprano. She is seen visiting and performing a concert in her native New Zealand, preparing Strauss Capriccio at The San Francisco Opera and the Royal Opera House, recording with Sir Georg Solti and appearing in concert at the
Read more Royal Naval College in Greenwich. Stars paying tribute to her include Solti, Dame Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge and Jeffrey Tate. Extensive performance extracts include arias by Cilea, Puccini, Handel and Mozart, a specially staged sequence of the closing scene of Strauss Capriccio and songs by Richard Strauss. The program was filmed during 1990, one of the most exciting and varied years of Kiri Te Kanawa's career.

Running Time: 105 minutes
Color: Color
Region: 1 (US and Canada)
Sound: LPCM
Picture: 4:3 Full Screen
Subtitles: English
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Works on This Recording

Capriccio, Op. 85: Excerpt(s) by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1940-1941; Germany 
Aria(s) by Francesco Cilča
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Aria(s) by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Aria(s) by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Aria(s) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 

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