Introduction: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (03:09)
Kiri Te Kanawa starred on the stage as well as the screen excelling in works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Richard Strauss. Experts discuss why the soprano is a legend.
Te Kanawa: Childhood (02:41)
Born Claire Mary Teresa Rawstron in Gisborne, New Zealand, she was adopted by Thomas Te Kanawa. The family moved to Auckland and studied at St. Mary's College. Richard Bonynge convinced Te Kanawa that she is a soprano not a mezzo-soprano.
Te Kanawa: Education in London (06:09)
After winning the Mobil Song Quest competition, Te Kanawa studied at the London Opera Center; Vera Ròzsa transformed Te Kanawa into an opera singer. She sung "chi il bel sogno di Doretta" on "The Harry Secombe Show." The Covent Garden Royal Opera House offered her a three-year contract after nine auditions.
Te Kanawa: International Debut (04:15)
Te Kanawa performed the role of the Countess in "The Marriage of Figaro" at the Santa Fe Opera and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Te Kanawa performed at the Opera de Lyon and the Glasgow Opera.
Glyndebourne Festival (03:54)
Te Kanawa reprised her role of the Countess in "The Marriage of Figaro" and substituted as Desdemona for Teresa Stratas at the Metropolitan Opera.
Te Kanawa: Flourishing Career (03:24)
Te Kanawa sung Mimi in "La Boheme" opposite Luciano Pavarotti and performed in the film adaptation of "Don Giovanni." Georg Solti conducted a recording of "The Marriage of Figaro."
Wedding of the Century (04:07)
Te Kanawa sung "Let the Bright Seraphim" at the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. The soprano was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She starred opposite Plácido Domingo in Giacomo Puccini's "Manon Lescaut" at the Royal Opera House; she and the conductor struggled with collaborating together.
"West Side Story" (04:25)
Leonard Bernstein conducted the recording. Solti debuted at the Royal Opera House with Te Kanawa singing the role of Marschallin in "Der Rosenkavalier." The soprano sung the Rugby World Cup Song of 1991, which reached number four in the British pop charts.
Te Kanawa: Later Career (05:44)
Te Kanawa gave a concert at Albert Hall in honor of her 50th birthday; Dennis O'Neill performed. Europe did not appreciate the soprano as much as Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, and America did. She and her husband separated in 1997.
Te Kanawa: Retirement (05:24)
Te Kanawa acted in "Downton Abbey" and "La Fille du Regiment." She announced her retirement in 2017. Experts comment on her best roles.
Credits: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (00:36)
Credits: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
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