Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is about to take her final operatic curtain call.
The soprano, who turns 70 on Thursday, has announced that her cameo in La Fille du Regiment at London’s Royal Opera House will be her last formal appearance.
However, she will still perform at smaller concerts at different venues around the world. One of these performances will be in New Zealand in a recital in May.
The soprano says her age and knees are dictating her retirement from opera.
WHO IS DAME KIRI TE KANAWA
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is one of the world’s best opera singers.
Of Maori and Irish descent, the former Claire Mary Teresa Rawstron first sang in London 44 years ago.
In 1981 she sang at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer — her singing of Handel’s “Let the Bright Seraphim”” reaching an audience of more than 600 million.
In 2004, she formed the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation whose mission it is to provide support and financial aid to young New Zealand singers.
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