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, Cosě 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 Mimě. 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
Puccini Arias & Songs / Te Kanawa
Release Date: 01/27/2009   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 517451   Number of Discs: 1
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J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus / Previn, Te Kanawa, Gruberova
Release Date: 11/08/1991   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 432157   Number of Discs: 2
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Puccini: La Rondine / Maazel, Te Kanawa, Domingo
Release Date: 10/25/1990   Label: Cbs Masterworks  
Catalog: 37852   Number of Discs: 2
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Verdi: La Traviata / Te Kanawa, Hvorostovsky, Mehta
Release Date: 09/16/2008   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 464982   Number of Discs: 2
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Puccini: Tosca / Sir Georg Solti, Te Kanawa, Aragall, Nucci
Release Date: 10/25/1990   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 414597   Number of Discs: 2
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    Great Arias: Inbrunst im Herzen - Famous German Arias & Scenes
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109244 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
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    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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    The Royal Opera: A Collection
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1213 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 6
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    Performer:  Cheryl Studer,  Dennis O'Neill,  Luciana d' Intino,  Placido Domingo  ... 
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
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    The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002403602 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Pérotin,  Guillaume de Machaut,  John Dunstable  ... 
    Performer:  Konrad Ragossnig,  Charles [Tenor Vocals] Daniels,  Susan Gritton,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
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    Strauss: Four Last Songs; Mahler: Songs Of A Wayfarer; Kindertotenlieder
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002386802 Release Date: 10/16/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Brigitte Fassbaender
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Deutsches Sinfonie-orchester Berlin
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    Faure, Durufle: Requiems / Davis, Popp, Te Kanawa, Ambrosian Singers,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88697720392 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Duruflé
    Performer:  Siegmund Nimsgern,  Lucia Popp,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
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    Classic Duets / Luciano Pavarotti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002232209 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Pietro Mascagni,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
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    Seiji Ozawa - The Philips Years: Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002185602 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 50
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    Classic Duets / Luciano Pavarotti
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    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Pietro Mascagni,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Renata Tebaldi,  Luciano Pavarotti,  June Anderson,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
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    Great Performances Recorded Live at Covent Garden 1955-1997
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 9024 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 32
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
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    Bernstein: West Side Story / Bernstein, Te Kanawa, Carreras, Horne
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002133102 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Marilyn Horne,  Louise Edeiken,  José Carreras,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
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    Luciano Pavarotti Edition 1 - The First Decade
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002051802 Release Date: 05/19/2014   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
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    Leonard Bernstein Collection Vol 1 [59 CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 2027800 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Leonard Bernstein,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
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  • 18.
    Kiri Te Kanawa: The Classic Albums [6-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002013002 Release Date: 04/01/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube,  Richard Strauss,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gottfried H. Stölzel  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Sir Georg Solti,  Gabriele Fontana,  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent  ... 
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    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro [highlights]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002009102 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dawn Upshaw,  Ferruccio Furlanetto,  Tatiana Troyanos,  Paul Plishka  ... 
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    Kiri Te Kanawa - Opera Arias
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564635295 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Gustave Charpentier,  Claude Debussy,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Roger Vignoles,  Andrew Schulman
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    La Folie Americaine! - Dvorak, Gershwin, Bernstein, Barber, Copland, Glass, Adams
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564634485 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber,  Philip Glass,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  André Previn,  Hélčne Grimaud,  Richard Rodney Bennett,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
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    Pavarotti Sings Verdi [3-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001853602 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Riccardo Cassinelli,  Leo Nucci,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson  ... 
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    Colin Davis: The Philips Years
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    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
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  • 24.
    Mozart: Mass in C Minor / Leppard, Te Kanawa, Cotrubas, Krenn, Sotin, New Philharmonia
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 282732 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hans Sotin,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Ileana Cotrubas,  Werner Krenn
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    Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro / Skram, Cotrubas, Te Kanawa, Von Stade, Pritchard
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 102301 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Nucci Condo,  Benjamin Luxon,  Ileana Cotrubas,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  John Pritchard
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