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Kiri Te Kanawa

Kiri Te Kanawa studied voice in New Zealand, where she was a popular singer as a teenager. She enrolled in the London Opera Center in 1966, and had her Covent Garden debut 1 December 1971. Although her acting ability is highly regarded on the operatic stage, she has made few theatrical films. See full bio »

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Known For

A Room with a View Soundtrack
Le nozze di Figaro La Contessa di Almaviva
Die Fledermaus Rosalinde
Don Giovanni Donna Elvira


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 2013 Downton Abbey (TV Series)
Dame Nellie Melba
- Episode #4.3 (2013) ... Dame Nellie Melba
 1982-1995 The Metropolitan Opera Presents (TV Series)
Amelia Grimaldi / Arabella / Rosalinde / ...
- Simon Boccanegra (1995) ... Amelia Grimaldi
- Arabella (1994) ... Arabella
- Die Fledermaus (1986) ... Rosalinde
- Der Rosenkavalier (1982) ... Princess von Werdenberg
 1993 Capriccio (TV Movie)
The Countess
 1993 Great Performances (TV Series)
- The Sorceress (1993) ... Alcina
 1992 Otello (TV Movie)
 1991 Simon Boccanegra (TV Movie)
 1991 Meeting Venus
Elisabeth (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
 1985 Der Rosenkavalier (TV Movie)
The Marschallin
 1984 Die Fledermaus (TV Movie)
 1983 Manon Lescaut (TV Movie)
Manon Lescaut
 1982 Tosca (TV Movie)
 1982 Othello (TV Movie)
 1980 La Bohème (TV Movie)
 1979 Don Giovanni
Donna Elvira
 1976 Le nozze di Figaro
La Contessa di Almaviva
 1974 The Marriage of Figaro (TV Movie)
Countess Almaviva, Formery Dr. Bartolo's ward, Rosina
 1964 Runaway
Isobel Wharewera
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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

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In March 1998, at London's Royal Albert Hall, sang the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's new song, "The Heart is Slow to Learn," which was intended to appear in the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera (2004). See more »

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