Kiri Te Kanawa was born in New Zealand with European and Maori heritage.
By the time she was 20 she had won the major vocal prizes available in the South Pacific, and had also started her recording career - unusual for a prima donna in any era. In 1965 she moved to London to study at the London Opera Centre. After first appearing as Carmen in Britain and New Zealand, the young Te Kanawa was marked for Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, first at Sante Fe then at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1971.
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Puccini: “Vissi D’arte” (Tosca)
Puccini: “O’ Mio Babbino Caro” (Gianni Schicchi)
Verdi: "E Strano... Ah, Fors'e Lui" (La Traviata)
Humperdinck: “Der Kleine Sandman” (Hansel & Gretel)