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Kiri Te Kanawa

ONZ CH DBE AC
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Te Kanawa in 2013
Born
Claire Mary Teresa Rawstron

6 March 1944 (1944-03-06) (age 77)
Gisborne, New Zealand
Occupation Opera singer (soprano)
Years active 1968–2017

Dame Kiri Jeanette Claire Te Kanawa ONZ CH DBE AC ( born Claire Mary Teresa Rawstron, 6 March 1944) is a New Zealand opera singer. She had a full lyric soprano voice, which has been described as "mellow yet vibrant, warm, ample and unforced". Te Kanawa had three top 40 albums in Australia in the mid-1980s.

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 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.

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