Kiri Te Kanawa

Kiri Te Kanawa
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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano)

Kiri Te Kanawa has become after her sensational debut as the Countess in "Le Nozze di Figaro" in 1971 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden almost overnight an international star. Then she quickly moved up in the front rank of international opera scene and is now one of the world's leading sopranos. The time of her operatic debut she had already gained sufficient experience as a concert singer and in the recording studio and felt before cameras equally at home on stage. They constantly expanding their repertoire as a concert soloist and is a sought-after singer in a wide range of musical genres.

As an opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa to the public of the leading opera houses around the world familiar - Covent Garden, Metropolitan, Chicago Lyric Opera, Paris Opera, Sydney Opera House, Vienna State Opera, La Scala, San Francisco, Munich and Cologne. Her repertoire includes the great female figures of the Austro-German school: Mozart's Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Pamina (The Magic Flute) and Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Richard Strauss' Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier) Countess (Capriccio) and the title role in Arabella, to Italian roles such as Mimì (La Bohème), Violetta (La Traviata), Elisabetta (Don Carlo), Desdemona (Otello) and the French games Marguerite (Faust) and Micaela (Carmen).

Also on the concert stage come their strong stage presence and the beauty of her voice to bear, accompanied by the leading orchestras in the world: Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony and Boston Symphony - under the direction of conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, to name a few.

Since the memorable "Figaro" performance to Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has developed an extensive repertoire ranging from the classics of opera to the songs of French, English and German composers, plus a wide selection of American songs from core to Gershwin. Also CDs with Italian and French opera arias are, as their most vaunted "Rosenkavalier" -Marschallin, in a recording with Bernard Haitink as conductor as well as the role of the forest bird in Wagner's "Siegfried", also under the direction of Bernard Haitink, as part the famous "ring" cycle of EMI Classics.

Kiri Te Kanawa was born in 1944 in New Zealand as the daughter of an Irish mother and a Maori father had already won with twenty years all singing competitions that existed in the South Pacific, and even received their first records - which is unusual even for a prima donna. Her studies continued with Vera Rozsa at London Opera Centre continued and debuted at Covent Garden as a flower girl in Wagner's "Parsifal". Sir Colin Davis became aware of it and took care of her international breakthrough as "Figaro" -Gräfin.

Kiri Te Kanawa occurs at many different venues, so in the intimate setting of Glyndebourne, Tanglewood and Ravinia, the huge Arena of Verona, the Hollywood Bowl, at the Festival in Aix-en-Provence and Salzburg as well as in the desert in the Australian outback , As a soloist at the live broadcast of the wedding of Prince Charles 1981 in St Paul's Cathedral had the largest television audience that has ever achieved a singer (estimated at over 600 million viewers). The event contributed to her fame at much. Another record reached on a tour of Australia and New Zealand, as it an audience of 140,000 people rave at an open-air concert in Auckland. To welcome the new millennium in New Zealand they were on the beach their birthplace Gisborne a concert that was broadcast in 55 countries.

1982 Kiri Te Kanawa, the Order of the British Empire was awarded. She wears honorary degrees from the universities of Oxford, Dundee, Warwick, Auckland, Waikato, Nottingham, Chicago, Durham and Cambridge and is a Fellow H. C. the Oxford Somerville College and Wolfson College in Cambridge. In 1990 she was awarded the "Order of Australia". In the "Queen's Birthday Honours List" her in 1995 the prestigious "Order of New Zealand" award. Your 25-stage anniversary celebrated Kiri Te Kanawa in 1994 with her 50th birthday at a spectacular gala concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.

1999 Kiri te Kanawa has released her most personal album, "Maori Songs", the songs of their childhood contains that evoke the magic and secrets of her native New Zealand. 2001 "Best of Kiri" album was published that demonstrates the full range of their repertoire of pop songs and musicals to classical first time on a CD. this CD immediately found the entrance to the German classical charts. In October 2003, appeared in the series "Best of Singers" a double CD with their finest EMI recordings. Your 60th birthday celebrated Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, which now has more than 30 years for the top ranks is not only one of opera stars, on March 6, 2004. In the EMI Classics series "Legend", the first time the two media CD DVD aims, also appeared in June 2004, a portrait of the singular artist. On CD as DVD is in May 2005 Kiri Te Kanawas album "Dame Kiri and Friends" appeared - the gala concert on 28 February 2004, Auckland, New Zealand, the occasion of the establishment of "Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation" to support and promote young New Zealand artists took place.

In early December 2006, another album with the motto "Success Composer meets mega diva" published: Karl Jenkins has teamed with Kiri Te Kanawa and as a result are 16 tracks hypnotic emerged. For "Kiri Sings Karl - Songs of Mystery and Enchantment" - the title of the CD - Jenkins has arranged on one side of classic works of Beethoven, Chopin and Fauré, but special emphasis is placed on South American music and sound experiments like the multitrack process wherein the voice Kiri Te Kanawas is partly a factor of nine for the impressive "Kiri-choir". will be accompanied by the singer Adiemus Singers and the London Symphony Orchestra. The program can be experienced by the way also in the Carreras Gala 2006 on 14 December in the ARD.

Status: November 2006

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