Dame Kiri was born in New Zealand of Maori heritage and moved to London in her early twenties. She gained legendary status in 1971 following her sensational debut at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden as the Countess Le Nozze di Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro. She has been established as a major international artist for four decades, and is the founding trustee and chair of the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.
On the concert stage, her natural serenity and vocal beauty have joined with the world’s major orchestral ensembles—the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony and Boston Symphony.
Dame Kiri’s operatic recordings include the complete Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosí fan Tutte, Tosca, La Rondine and Manon Lescaut, to name a few. She has also recorded Mozart concert arias, the Strauss Four Last Songs and the notably successful Songs of the Auvergne, as well as Brahms’ German Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Blue Skies (an album of American popular songs) and three classics of the light music stage—My Fair Lady, South Pacific and Bernstein’s only recording of West Side Story.
At the wedding of HRH Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer in St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1981, soloist Dame Kiri reached one of the largest direct telecast audiences of any singer in history, estimated to be over 600 million people.
At the wedding of HRH Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer in St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1981, soloist Dame Kiri reached one of the largest direct telecast audiences of any singer in history, estimated to be over 600 million people. She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1982.
Dame Kiri continues to perform in concert halls throughout the world with recent performances in China, New Zealand, USA, United Kingdom, Korea, Canada, Brazil, Sweden, Germany and Spain.
Renowned New Zealand Pianist Terence Dennis, a professor from the University of Otago’s music department, will accompany Dame Kiri in recital. Their repertoire will include selections from composers Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Handel, Liszt, Strauss, Rachmaninoff and more.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to share an evening of operatic bliss with one of the most beloved sopranos of our time. Tickets are $75, $100 and $125 (plus applicable fees). Häli‘imaile General Store will cater pre-show dining in the Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard.