Kiri Te Kanawa (Dame)
(Born 6 March 1944, Gisborne, New Zealand)
Kiri Te Kanawa came to prominence at the Royal Opera as the Countess in "The Marriage of Figaro" in 1971.
Renowned for the lush beauty of her voice as much as her considerable, dignified stage presence, she excelled in the roles of Mozart, Strauss, Verdi, Handel and Puccini.
Throughout the 1970's and 1980's she became one of the leading operatic sopranos internationally, appearing as Donna Elvira in Joseph Losey's film of "Don Giovanni," recording "O Mio Babino Caro" as the soundtrack to the movie "Room With a View" and soloist at the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer in Westminster Abbey, singing Handel's "Let The Bright Seraphim".
Today she still regularly performs in recitals and open air concerts.
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