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Kiri Te Kanawa

Singer details:

Voice: Soprano
Nationality: New_Zealand
Year of Birth: 1944

About Kiri Te Kanawa:

Dame Kiri Janette Te Kanawa ONZ CH DBE AC (/ˌkɪri tɪ ˈkɑːnəwə/; born Claire Mary Teresa Rawstron, 6 March 1944) is a New Zealand soprano. She has a full lyric soprano voice, which has been described as "mellow yet vibrant, warm, ample and unforced".

Te Kanawa has received accolades in many countries, singing a wide array of works in many languages dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries. She is particularly associated with the works of Mozart, Strauss, Verdi, Handel and Puccini, and has found considerable success in portraying princesses, nobility, and other similar characters on stage.

Though she rarely sang opera later in her career, Te Kanawa frequently performed in concert and recital, gave masterclasses, and supported young opera singers in launching their careers. Her final performance was in Ballarat, Australia, in October 2016, but she did not reveal her retirement until September 2017.

Te Kanawa was born Claire Mary Teresa Rawstron in Gisborne, New Zealand. She has Māori and European ancestry, but little is known about her birth parents—she was adopted as an infant by Thomas Te Kanawa and his wife, Nell. She was educated at St Mary's College, Auckland, and formally trained in operatic singing by Sister Mary Leo. Te Kanawa began her singing career as a mezzo-soprano but developed into a soprano. Her recording of the "Nuns' Chorus" from the Strauss operetta Casanova was the first gold record produced in New Zealand.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
241Non piangere idol mio Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.12

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Dorabella/Guglielmo/Ferrando/Fiordiligi
242Je voudrais bien savoir Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 3.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Marguerite
243Se inconscia contro te sposo Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.09-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona/Otello
244Sei tu che piangi? Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 4.03-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
245Miei Signori tutto e fatto Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.28

Type: quintet,finaleVoice: B S Mz T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Fiordiligi/Dorabella/Ferrando/Guglielmo
246Paga costor Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Lescaut
247Nein nein ich zweifle gar nicht mehr Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 1.20

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: German

Roles: Rosalinde/Frank
248Quell innocente un fremito Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.17

Type: quartetVoice: Mz T T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Emilia/Cassio/Roderigo/Lodovico
249Uber seine Felder Popularity:

Opera: ArabellaComposer: StraussAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Arabella
250Altra volta quell uomo Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 1.06-2

Type: recitativeVoice: B cA S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Grech/Dimitri/Fedora/Desirè
251Gran Dio il benedici Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06

Type: quartet,choir,finaleVoice: Br S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Maria (Amelia)/Gabriele/Fiesco
252Ecco respiro appena Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 1.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adriana
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