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Kiri Te Kanawa: I won’t sing in public again
    2017-September-14  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

DAME Kiri Te Kanawa, one of opera’s most celebrated stars, has told the BBC she will never sing in public again.

Te Kanawa, 73, said she stopped performing a year ago, but had not announced her retirement until now.

“I don’t want to hear my voice,” said the soprano, whose career has spanned more than half a century.

“It is in the past. When I’m teaching young singers and hearing beautiful young fresh voices, I don’t want to put my voice next to theirs.”

Te Kanawa has appeared at all the world’s major opera houses and concert halls. She made her name in 1971 when she was cast as the Countess in “The Marriage of Figaro” at Covent Garden. At the time she was barely known.

“I’ve had such an amazing career,” the New Zealander said. But she was adamant she wanted to decide “when it was going to be the last note.”

However, she admitted it took her five years “to say the goodbye in my own mind,” adding: “I’ve taken that time.”

What turned out to be her final performance was a concert in Ballarat near Melbourne in Australia last October. “Before I’d gone on, I said, right, this is it. And that was the end.”

She has certainly achieved a level of fame rare for a classical performer. Six hundred million people heard her sing “Let the Bright Seraphim” by Handel at the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1981.

But after the death of the Princess of Wales in 1997, she never sang it again. “I never wanted to,” she said. “When she died, I felt that I should put that song away forever.”

She has not even listened to the piece again since then. “In sort of respect for her, and the death and everything about it was such a terrible thing that I never wanted to hear it again.”

Te Kanawa was also the first singer to perform the Rugby World Cup anthem “World in Union” in 1991. Her other career highlights include a guest appearance in ITV’s “Downton Abbey” in 2013.

Her focus now, she said, was training what she called the future stars of opera through her own foundation.

And she is being honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards. “It’s very, very special,” she said.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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