Kiri Te Kanawa – Kiri Te Kanawa Sings From Broadway - The Opera And The Concert Stage. Label: Westminster Gold – WGS-8233. Format: Vinyl, LP, Album.
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".
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has announced her retirement from singing. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa says she won't sing in public again. The Kiwi opera icon, 73, told the BBC she was retiring from singing, her life's work. I don't want to hear my voice," Te Kanawa said. Before I'd gone on, I said, right, this is it. And that was the end," she said. Te Kanawa announced her retirement from opera in 2014, but continued to perform other music in New Zealand and internationally.
By Giuseppe Verdi - Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Laurence Dale, John Pritchard & London Philharmonic Orchestra. 11. Ore Dolci e Divine from la Rondine. By Giacomo Puccini - London Symphony Orchestra, Linda Finnie, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Gillian Knight, Lilian Watson & Lorin Maazel. By Engelbert Humperdinck - Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Frederica von Stade, Ileana Cotrubas, John Pritchard & Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne. 15. Pie Jesu from Requiem, Op. 9. By Maurice Duruflé - Philharmonia Orchestra, Sigmund Nimsgern, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa & Sir Andrew Davis.
Kiri Te Kanawa - soprano, Laurence Dale – tenor, London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Pritchard – conductor. In the genre of opera, Kiri Te Kanawa is a familiar figure in the leading opera houses of the world: Covent Garden, the Metropolitan, the Chicago Lyric Opera, Paris Opera, Sydney Opera House, the Vienna State, La Scala, San Francisco, Munich and Cologne. On the concert stage, her natural serenity and vocal beauty have joined with the world’s major orchestral ensembles – the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Symphony and the Boston Symphony under the baton of such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa and Sir Georg Solti.
The news that Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has announced her retirement from the operatic stage will come as a real surprise only to those who thought she had retired from it already. Her last performance in a full staged production was in the title role of Samuel Barber's Vanessa in Los Angeles late in 2004 – an appearance that many at the time assumed was a farewell. But it has been a decade since anyone has seen her in costume in one of her signature roles, as a Mozart or Strauss heroine.
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is performing some of the greatest arias by the two Italian composers: Giuseppe Verdi, 1813-1901, and Giacomo Puccini, 1858-1924. Dame Kiri is one of the greatest sopranos of the last four decades. And the arias on this CD have been performed in the 70s and 80s, on the top of her career. It is warm, lyric, ample and unforced, and very, very beautiful. Her acting abilities have also been excellent, which can be heard.
|A1||I Feel Pretty|
|A3||One Hand One Heart|
|A4||My Favorite Thing|
|B1||Climb Ev'ry Mountain|
|B5||Love Is A Many Splendored Thing|