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Kiri Te Kanawa

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Genres: Classical/Opera

Dame Kiri Janette Te Kanawa, ONZ, DBE, AC (born 6 March 1944, Gisborne, New Zealand) is a New Zealand soprano who has had a highly successful international opera career since 1968. Possessing a warm full lyric soprano voice, Te Kanawa's performance repertoire encompasses a wide array of works in multiple languages from the 17th to the 20th centuries. She is particularly associated with the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Strauss, Giuseppe Verdi, George Frideric Handel and Giacomo Puccini. Te Kanawa's voice has a vibrant but mellow quality that is ample in size without being overly heavy or forced. Although music critics have consistently praised the freshness and warmth of her voi... Continue Bio >>

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