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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Sean Rafferty visits soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at home in the Sussex countryside to find out about her interests and musical passions.

In the first of two Christmas and New Year's Day specials, Sean Rafferty visits soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at home in the Sussex countryside to find out about her interests and musical passions.

Famous for her performances on the stages of the major opera houses throughout the world, especially in the works of Mozart and Richard Strauss, in this interview we get to meet the person behind the Countess and the Marschallin, the very private Dame Kiri. She talks about her love for her pet dogs and about her passion for teaching as she now devotes much of her time to passing on a lifetime of experience to young singers through the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. Sean discovers her secret love of painting and she demonstrates one of her favourite things - a mechanical musical instrument.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Christmas Day 2015 15:45

Music Played

  • Ann Burgess

    Comes the Light

    Performer: Helen Neeves. Performer: Christopher Bowen. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
    • Specially recorded in 2015 for the Radio 3 Carol Competition..

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