Dame Kiri in conversation
World-renowned New Zealand soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa joins Cape Town audiences for a rare, intimate evening in conversation at The Fugard Theatre in partnership with Cape Town Opera (CTO) and the New Zealand High Commission.
After her sensational debut in The Marriage of Figaro at Santa Fe and then at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Dame Kiri gained legendary status almost overnight and moved rapidly into the highest ranks of international opera. She became one of the most famous sopranos in the world, a familiar figure in the leading opera houses of the world – Covent Garden, the Metropolitan, the Chicago Lyric Opera, Paris Opera, Sydney Opera House, the Vienna State Opera, La Scala, San Francisco, Munich and Cologne. Her heroines include the three major leading roles by Richard Strauss (Arabella, The Marschallin, and the Countess in Capriccio) ; Mozart’s Fiordiligi, Donna Elvira, Pamina and, of course, the Countess Almaviva; Verdi’s Violetta, Amelia Boccanegra, Desdemona; Puccini’s Tosca, Mimi and Manon Lescaut; Johann Strauss’ Rosalinde, and Tchaikovsky’s Tatiana, also Bizet’s Micaela (or Carmen), Gounod’s Marguerite and Barber’s Vanessa.
Outside the operatic field, Dame Kiri’s recordings are equally extensive and include Mozart concert arias, the Strauss Four Last Songs, the notably successful Songs of the Auvergne (top of the best-seller charts in Britain), Berlioz’s Nuits d’été, Brahms’ German Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and the Beethoven 9th and Mahler 4th Symphonies.
She also joined Nelson Riddle for Blue Skies, an album of American popular songs; followed by albums of Gershwin, Porter and Kern songs and three classics of the light music stage: My Fair Lady, South Pacific, and Leonard Bernstein’s only recording of West Side Story.
We are thrilled to welcome Dame Kiri back to South Africa. Join us for an evening in conversation with this icon of opera, to talk about everything from singing at the wedding of Charles and Diana and her extraordinary career to her foundation for young singers and South African opera stars. The interview will be co-hosted by CTO Artistic Director Matthew Wild CTO Board Vice-Chair and Cape Talk presenter Africa Melane.