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Kiri Te Kanawa

Combining rare acting ability with one of the most beautiful soprano voices of her generation, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa was among opera's most celebrated contemporary figures. Born March 6, 1944 in Gisborne, New Zealand, while still a teen she topped several vocal competitions, later winning a four-year scholarship to study at the London Opera Centre. Te Kanawa's studies there brought her to the attention of authorities at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and in 1971 she made her debut as Xenia in Boris Godunov. Later that year she rose to overnight fame as the Countess in Colin Davis' new production of Le Nozze di Figaro at London's Royal Opera House; in the years to follow, she headlined all of the world's major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the San Francisco Opera, the Paris Opera, the Sydney Opera, the Vienna State Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Te Kanawa's repertoire included Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), the Countess (Capriccio), and the title role in Arabella; most famously, in 1981 she was invited to sing at the lavish royal wedding of Britain's Prince Charles and Lady Diana. 1999's Best of collection is a good introduction to her work. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Kiri: A Portrait

Disc 1
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Gianni Schicchi, Opera
Composer: Joseph Marie Canteloube
Title: Baïlèro, Folksong For Voice & Orchestra (Chants D'auvergne, Series 1, No. 2)
Title: Malurous Qu'o Uno Fenno, Folksong For Voice & Orchestra (Chants D'auvergne, Series 3, No. 5)
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Le Nozze Di Figaro (The Marriage Of Figaro), Opera, K. 492
Title: Ch'io Mi Scordi Di Te...non Temer, Amato Bene, Recitative And Aria For Soprano, Piano & Orchestra, K. 505
Title: Nehmt Meinen Dank, Ihr Holden Gönner, Aria For Soprano & Orchestra. K. 383
Title: Zaide, opera, K. 344 (K. 336b)
Composer: Richard Strauss
Title: Vier Letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), For Soprano & Orchestra, O.Op. 150 (TrV 296, AV 150)
Composer: Charles Gounod
Title: Ave Maria, For Voice & Piano (After Bach's Prelude No. 1 From The Well-tempered Clavier, Book 1)
Composer: Gabriel Fauré
Title: Requiem, For 2 Solo Voices, Chorus, Organ & Orchestra, Op. 48
Composer: César Franck
Title: Panis Angelicus For Tenor, Organ, Harp, Cello & Bass
Composer: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Title: Die Tote Stadt (The Dead City), Opera, Op. 12
Composer: Johann Strauss II
Title: Casanova, Musical Comedy (Strauss Works Arr. By Benatzky)
Composer: Richard Rodgers
Title: The Sound Of Music, Film Score
Composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Title: Sunset Boulevard, Musical
Composer: Carl Davis
Title: The Most Wonderful Birthday Of All, Song
Disc 2
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), Opera, K. 620
Composer: John Gay
Title: The Beggar's Opera, Ballad Opera
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Title: Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Title: St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), BWV 244 (BC D3b)
Title: Bist Du Bei Mir, Aria Arranged For Voice & Continuo (after Gottfried Stölzel), BWV 508
Composer: Heitor Villa-Lobos
Title: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, For Voice & 8 Cellos, A. 389
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Title: Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), For Soprano, Baritone, Chorus & Orchestra, Op. 45
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Tosca, Opera
Title: Manon Lescaut, Opera
Composer: Georges Bizet
Title: Carmen, Opera
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: La Traviata, Opera
Composer: Frederick Loewe
Title: My Fair Lady, Musical
Composer: Jerome Kern
Title: The Folks Who Live On The Hill, Song (from The Film "High, Wide And Handsome")
Composer: Victor Herbert
Title: The Enchantress, Operetta In 2 Acts
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Track List: The Very Best Of Kiri Te Kanawa

Disc 1
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Turandot, Opera
Composer: Francesco Cilea
Title: Adriana Lecouvreur, Opera
Composer: Umberto Giordano
Title: Andrea Chénier, Opera
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: La Traviata, Opera
Composer: Jules Massenet
Title: Manon, Opera In 5 Acts
Composer: Gustave Charpentier
Title: Louise, Opera
Composer: Jacques Offenbach
Title: Les Contes D'hoffmann, Opera In 4 Acts
Composer: Georges Bizet
Title: Les Pêcheurs De Perles, Opera In 3 Acts
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), Opera, K. 620
Composer: Richard Wagner
Title: Tannhäuser, Opera, Wwv 70
Composer: Carl Maria von Weber
Title: Der Freischütz, Opera, J. 277 (Op. 77)
Composer: Richard Strauss
Title: Der Rosenkavalier, Opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227)
Composer: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Title: Die Tote Stadt (The Dead City), Opera, Op. 12
Composer: Maurice Ravel
Title: Shéhérazade, Poems (3) For Soprano (Or Tenor) & Orchestra (Or Piano)
Composer: Henri Duparc
Title: L'invitation Au Voyage ("Mon Enfant, Ma Soeur"), Song For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Le Manoir De Rosamonde ("De Sa Dent Soudaine Et Vorace"), Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra)
Disc 2
Composer: George Gershwin
Title: Somebody Loves Me, Song (from George White's Scandals Of 1924, Revue)
Title: Love Is Here To Stay, Song (from The Goldwyn Follies, Film)
Title: Embraceable You, Song (from Girl Crazy, Musical)
Title: Summertime, Song (From Porgy And Bess, Opera)
Composer: Jerome Kern
Title: Long Ago (And Far Away), Song (from The Film "Cover Girl")
Title: A Fine Romance, Song (from The Film "Swing Time")
Title: The Song Is You, Song (from "Music In The Air")
Composer: Irving Berlin
Title: Let's Face The Music And Dance, Song (from "Follow The Fleet")
Title: What'll I Do?, Song
Title: They Say It's Wonderful, Song (from "Annie Get Your Gun")
Composer: Cole Porter
Title: Ridin' High, Song (from "Red, Hot And Blue")
Title: I've Got You Under My Skin, Song (from The Film "Born To Dance")
Title: Every Time We Say Goodbye, Song (from "Seven Lively Arts")
Title: True Love, Song (from "High Society")
Composer: Irish Traditional
Title: The Last Rose Of Summer, Folk Song
Composer: Scottish Traditional
Title: The Keel Row
Title: Comin' Thro' The Rye
Composer: English Traditional
Title: Greensleeves, Folk Song
Composer: Irish Traditional
Title: Londonderry Air (Danny Boy), Folk Song
Composer: Traditional
Title: Hoki Hoki Tonu Mai, Maori Song
Title: Po Ata Rau (Now Is The Hour), Maori Song
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Track List: A Portrait Of Kiri Te Kanawa

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Tosca, Opera
Title: Gianni Schicchi, Opera
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: La Traviata, Opera
Composer: Engelbert Humperdinck
Title: Hänsel Und Gretel, Opera
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Don Giovanni, Opera, K. 527
Composer: Richard Strauss
Title: Morgen ("Und Morgen Wird Die Sonne Wieder Scheinen"), Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra), Op. 27/4 (TrV 170/4)
Title: Ruhe, Meine Seele ("Nicht Ein Lüftchen Regt Sich Leise"), Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra), Op. 27/1 (TrV 170/1)
Composer: Franz Schubert
Title: Gretchen Am Spinnrade ("Meine Ruh'..."), Song For Voice & Piano, D. 118 (Op. 2)
Composer: Robert Schumann
Title: Du Bist Wie Eine Blume, Song For Voice & Piano (Myrthen), Op. 25/24
Composer: Gabriel Fauré
Title: Après Un Rêve ("Dans Un Sommeil"), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 7/1
Composer: William Walton
Title: Old Sir Faulk, For Voice & Piano (from "Façade")
Title: Daphne, For Voice & Piano (from "Façades")
Title: Through Gilded Trellises, For Voice & Piano (from "Façade")
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Track List: Ave Maria

Composer: Charles Gounod
Title: Repentir ("O Divine Redeemer"), Song For Mezzo-soprano & Orchestra
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Vesperae Solennes De Confessore For Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra, K. 339
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Title: Bist Du Bei Mir, Aria Arranged For Voice & Continuo (after Gottfried Stölzel), BWV 508
Title: Cantata No. 147, "Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben," Bwv 147 (Bc A174)
Composer: Charles Gounod
Title: Messe Solennelle De Sainte Cécile For Soloists, Chorus, Orchestra & Organ In G Major
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Title: Auf Flügeln Des Gesanges (On Wings Of Song), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 34/2
Composer: César Franck
Title: Panis Angelicus For Tenor, Organ, Harp, Cello & Bass
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Ave Verum Corpus, Motet For Chorus, Strings & Organ, K. 618
Composer: Franz Schubert
Title: Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), Song For Voice & Piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)
Composer: Henry Purcell
Title: Trumpet Tune ("Cibell") For Harpsichord In C Major, Zt 678
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Title: Samson, Oratorio, Hwv 57
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Track List: Canteloube: Chants D'Auvergne; Villa Lobos: Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5

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Track List: French Songs And Arias

Composer: Henri Duparc
Title: Phidylé ("L'herbe Est Molle Au Sommeil"), Song For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: L'invitation Au Voyage ("Mon Enfant, Ma Soeur"), Song For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: La Vie Antérieure ("J'ai Longtemps Habité..."), Song For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Le Manoir De Rosamonde ("De Sa Dent Soudaine Et Vorace"), Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra)
Title: Testament ("Pour Que Le Vent Te Les Apporte"), Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra)
Title: Au Pays Où Se Fait La Guerre, Song For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Chanson Triste ("Dans Ton Coeur..."), Song For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra), Op. 2/4
Composer: Maurice Ravel
Title: Shéhérazade, Poems (3) For Soprano (Or Tenor) & Orchestra (Or Piano)
Composer: Gustave Charpentier
Title: Louise, Opera
Composer: Claude Debussy
Title: L' Enfant Prodigue, Scène Lyrique For Voices & Orchestra, L. 57
Composer: Hector Berlioz
Title: La Damnation De Faust, For Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Chorus And Orchestra, ("Légende Dramatique") H. 111 (Op. 24)
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Track List: Gounod: Faust

Disc 1
Title: Faust, Opera
Disc 2
Disc 3
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Track List: Kiri Te Kanawa Sings Mozart & Strauss

Title: Le Nozze Di Figaro (The Marriage Of Figaro), Opera, K. 492
Title: La Clemenza Di Tito, Opera, K. 621
Title: Zaide, opera, K. 344 (K. 336b)
Title: La Finta Giardiniera, Opera, K 196
Title: La Clemenza Di Tito, Opera, K. 621
Title: Così Fan Tutte, Opera, K. 588
Title: Il Rè Pastore, Opera, K. 208
Title: Lucio Silla, Opera, K. 135
Title: Idomeneo, Rè Di Creta, Opera, K. 366
Title: Bella Mia Fiamma, Addio!...resta, O Cara!, Recitative And Aria For Soprano & Orchestra, K. 528
Title: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), Opera, K. 620
Title: Der Schauspieldirektor, Opera, K. 486
Title: Nehmt Meinen Dank, Ihr Holden Gönner, Aria For Soprano & Orchestra. K. 383
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Track List: Kiri Te Kanawa Sings Verdi And Puccini

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Tosca, Opera
Title: La Rondine (The Swallow), Opera
Title: La Bohème, Opera
Title: Manon Lescaut, Opera
Title: Gianni Schicchi, Opera
Title: Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), Opera
Title: Le Villi, Opera
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: Don Carlo, Opera
Title: Il Trovatore, Opera
Title: La Traviata, Opera
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: La Rondine (The Swallow), Opera
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Don Giovanni, Opera, K. 527
Composer: Engelbert Humperdinck
Title: Hänsel Und Gretel, Opera
Composer: Maurice Duruflé
Title: Requiem, For Orchestra, Organ & Chorus; For Organ & Chorus; For Small Ensemble, Organ & Chorus, Op. 9 (3 Versions)
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Track List: Kiri Te Kanawa: Mozart Arias

Title: Le Nozze Di Figaro (The Marriage Of Figaro), Opera, K. 492
Title: Der Schauspieldirektor, Opera, K. 486
Title: Ah, Lo Previdi...ah, T'invola Agl'occhi Miei, Recitative And Aria For Soprano & Orchestra, K. 272
Title: Vado, Ma Dove?, Aria For Soprano & Orchestra, K. 583
Title: O Temerario Arbace!...per Quel Paterno, Recitative And Aria For Soprano & Orchestra, K. 79 (K. 73d)
Title: Chi Sà, Chi Sà, Qual Sia, Aria For Soprano & Orchestra, K. 582
Title: Non Più Tutto Zascoltai...non Temer, Amato Bene, Recitative And Aria For Tenor & Orchestra, K. 490
Title: Bella Mia Fiamma, Addio!...resta, O Cara!, Recitative And Aria For Soprano & Orchestra, K. 528
Title: Nehmt Meinen Dank, Ihr Holden Gönner, Aria For Soprano & Orchestra. K. 383
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Track List: Kiri! A 50th Birthday Celebration Of Her Greatest Hits Live

Composer: Gustave Charpentier
Title: Louise, Opera
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: La Bohème, Opera
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Le Nozze Di Figaro (The Marriage Of Figaro), Opera, K. 492
Composer: Richard Strauss
Title: Befreit ("Du Wirst Nicht Weinen"), Op. 39/4
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: La Bohème, Opera
Composer: Richard Rogers
Title: Carousel
Composer: Kurt Weill
Title: Knickerbocker Holiday, Musical Play
Composer: Anonymous
Title: Tahi Nei Taru Kino - Action Song
Composer: Richard Rogers
Title: The Sound Of Music
Composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Title: Sunset Boulevard, Musical
Composer: Bernard Herrmann
Title: Citizen Kane, Film Score
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Gianni Schicchi, Opera
Composer: Leonard Bernstein
Title: West Side Story, Musical
Composer: Victor Herbert
Title: The Enchantress, Operetta In 2 Acts
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Track List: Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte

Disc 1
Title: Così Fan Tutte, Opera, K. 588
Disc 2
Disc 3
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Track List: R. Strauss: Four Last Songs; Orchestral Songs; Lieder

Title: Vier Letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), For Soprano & Orchestra, O.Op. 150 (TrV 296, AV 150)
Title: Morgen ("Und Morgen Wird Die Sonne Wieder Scheinen"), Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra), Op. 27/4 (TrV 170/4)
Title: Muttertändelei ("Seht Mir Doch Mein Schönes Kind"), Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra), Op. 43/2 (TrV 196/2)
Title: Ruhe, Meine Seele ("Nicht Ein Lüftchen Regt Sich Leise"), Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra), Op. 27/1 (TrV 170/1)
Title: Wiegenlied ("Träume, Träume, Du Mein Süsses Leben"), Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra), Op. 41/1 (TrV 195/1)
Title: Befreit ("Du Wirst Nicht Weinen"), Op. 39/4
Title: Zueignung ("Ja, Du Weisst Es, Teur Seele"), Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra), Op. 10/1 (TrV 141/1)
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Track List: The Essential Kiri

Composer: George Frideric Handel
Title: Samson, Oratorio, Hwv 57
Composer: Charles Gounod
Title: Ave Maria, For Voice & Piano (After Bach's Prelude No. 1 From The Well-tempered Clavier, Book 1)
Composer: Heitor Villa-Lobos
Title: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, For Voice & 8 Cellos, A. 389
Composer: Johann Strauss II
Title: Casanova, Musical Comedy (Strauss Works Arr. By Benatzky)
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Le Nozze Di Figaro (The Marriage Of Figaro), Opera, K. 492
Composer: Richard Strauss
Title: Vier Letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), For Soprano & Orchestra, O.Op. 150 (TrV 296, AV 150)
Composer: Sergey Rachmaninov
Title: Vocalise, Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 34/14
Composer: Richard Rodgers
Title: Carousel, Musical
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Title: Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Le Nozze Di Figaro (The Marriage Of Figaro), Opera, K. 492
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Tosca, Opera
Composer: Gabriel Fauré
Title: Requiem, For 2 Solo Voices, Chorus, Organ & Orchestra, Op. 48
Composer: Georges Bizet
Title: Carmen, Opera
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Manon Lescaut, Opera
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: Otello, Opera

Comments

kenliz
"Kiri Sings Kern" is a delicious contrast to her marvelous operatic work. Look for it!
Beautiful voice...beau t i f u l woman. Love listening to her sing pop classics by Cole Porter or Irving Berlin. She sends me and I don't want to come back.

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