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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, All Music Guide

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