Early in 1990, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa made a triumphant return to her native New Zealand to give three concerts, the last of which – in an outdoor event in Wellington, attracted an audience of more than seventy five thousand people enjoyed music ranging from Puccini to My Fair Lady.
Just over a year later, Kiri delighted an invited audience at Christopher Wren's Chapel of the Royal Navy College in Greenwich, London, with a program of Handel and Mozart. The climax of the evening – Mozart’s ‘Exsultate Jubilate’ – was acclaimed as of her finest ever performance.
Highlights from these memorable performances in two very different settings provide a perfect showcase for Kiri's unique voice.
Wellington Concert“Io son l'unmile ancella” Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea)“In quelle trine morbide” Manon Lescaut (Puccini)“Pace, pace, mio dio” La Forza del Destino (Verdi)“Tu, che di gel” Turandot (Puccini)“Chi il bel sogno di Doretta” La Rondine (Puccini)“Pokarekare ana” Traditional“Home Sweet Home” (arr. Bishop)“I Could Have Danced All Night” My Fair Lady (Lerner/Loewe)
Greenwich Concert'Non disperar' Giullo Cesare (Handel)'Care Selve' Atalanta (Handel)'Exsultate Jubilate' (Mozart)'O mio babbino caro' Gianni Schiochi (Puccini)
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
New Zealand Symphony OrchestraConductor: John Hopkins
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera HouseConductor: Stephen Barlow
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