A Voice Like No Other

by Brian

The opera singer soprano Kiri Te Kanawa retired from singing in 2017.  Over the course of her four decade career, she has garnered the praise and adoration from opera fans and music critics alike.  Not to mention the royal family.  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1982, after having sung at the wedding of Charles and Diana the previous year.

Richard LeSueur’s AllMusic artist biography gives insight as to why she has had such a stellar career:

“The voice of Kiri Te Kanawa is a lovely bright soprano, with great ease and beauty in the upper register. The wonderful legato phrasing and good technique have served her well in many Mozart roles. She displays a wonderful expansive style which is required by the Strauss roles she performs. She has rarely tried to move her voice beyond its natural limits and this has provided her with a long, successful career. Her many recordings give an excellent indication of the finer points of her performances and she has recorded most of her important interpretations. Several of her important roles have been documented on video which allows the public to remember the totality of her performances. Kiri Te Kanawa will have a special place in the hearts of Mozart and Strauss enthusiasts as long her recordings and videos exist.”

True, Mozart and Strauss are her forte, but Kiri Te Kanawa is my go to soprano when I want to listen to Puccini.  Enjoy this playlist of Kiri singing some of the most loved opera arias by Puccini.

Like the tenor Placido Domingo that I featured recently, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has performed and recorded extensively.  So much so that a single blog post isn’t going to do justice to highlighting her artistry.  However, you can find many of her recordings in Sno-Isle Libraries hoopla and Freegal.

New to opera? This album is a good place to start. Favorite Puccini and Verdi arias.

Kiri trivia…

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