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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

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Combining rare acting ability with one of the most beautiful soprano voices of her generation, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is among opera's most celebrated contemporary figures.

Born March 6, 1944 in Gisborne, New Zealand, while still a teen she topped several vocal competitions, later winning a four-year scholarship to study at the London Opera Centre.

Te Kanawa's studies there brought her to the attention of authorities at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and in 1971 she made her debut as 'Xenia' in 'Boris Godunov'. Later that year she rose to overnight fame as 'The Countess' in Colin Davis' new production of 'Le nozze di Figaro' at London's Royal Opera House; in the years to follow, she headlined all of the world's major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the San Francisco Opera, the Paris Opera, the Sydney Opera, the Vienna State Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Te Kanawa's repertoire included 'Donna Elvira' (Don Giovanni), 'Pamina' (Die Zauberflöte), 'Fiordiligi' (Così fan tutte), 'The Countess' (Capriccio) and the title role in 'Arabella'; most famously, in 1981 she was invited to sing at the lavish royal wedding of Britain's Prince Charles and Lady Diana. 1999's Best of collection is a good introduction to her work.

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Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame
Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:53 pm
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will be inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame at the annual Opening Night at the Bowl in June.

Dame Kiri will join Josh Groban on the night and past inductees include Garth Brooks, Stevie Wonder, George Harrison and Frank Sinatra.
 

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