Opera Legend Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Has Received An Honorary Music Doctorate From British Royal Charles, Prince Of Wales.
The heir to the throne, who is president of the Royal College of Music, presented the veteran singer with the special award on Thursday (12Mar15), more than 30 years after she sang at his wedding to the late Diana, Princess Of Wales.
Te Kanawa says, "I am delighted and thrilled to be honoured in this way by the Royal College of Music, especially as the honour is being conferred by The Prince of Wales himself".
Conductor/composer, Vladimir Ashkenazy was also handed a honorary doctorate at the ceremony in London, while actor Edward Fox was made an honorary member of the college.
Opera legend Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is to retire from the stage.
The New Zealand singer, who turns 70 on Thursday (06Mar14), has confirmed her performance in La Fille Du Regiment, a production running at London's Royal Opera House this month (Mar14), will be her last.
Te Kanawa admits she is struggling to keep up with the physical demands of big productions, but she could be tempted back to the stage for one-off performances.
Continue reading: Kiri Te Kanawa To Retire
The royal is marking 60 years since she was crowned Queen by hosting a four-day festival at her official London residence, Buckingham Palace, and the event was launched on Thursday with a night of music and dance.
The two opera stars were among the performers, along with dancers from English National Ballet, while the Queen and her family were in the audience.
Continue reading: Katherine Jenkins And Kiri Te Kanawa Kick Off Coronation Celebrations
Opera legend Dame Kiri Te Kanawa fears many young singers are starving themselves and ruining their voice because they are under so much pressure to look good on stage.
The 69-year-old soprano is convinced modern opera stars now put their appearance ahead of their vocal abilities, and admits she was shocked to see the state of some singers who are terrified of gaining weight.
She tells Britain's Radio Times, "When I was at the Met (Metropolitan Opera in New York), I would see these young girls, starving hungry but terrified to put on weight. They couldn't even go down to the canteen and eat in front of anyone because they were being watched. You can't do that. You've got to have beef on you if you're going to sing. I was never really hugely big, but I certainly weighed more than I do now. I ate to sing."
Continue reading: Kiri Te Kanawa: 'Young Opera Stars Are Too Thin'
Opera legend Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, conductor Riccardo Muti and Welsh singer Bryn Terfel were among a number of stars honoured for their musical achievements at a ceremony in New York on Sunday (17Apr11).
Famous faces including Michael Douglas and director Francis Ford Coppola turned out to honour the star guests at the Opera News Awards at the city's famous Plaza hotel.
Kanawa, Muti and Terfel were joined by fellow honourees including German tenor Jonas Kaufmann and American soprano Patricia Racette.
The Godfather moviemaker Coppola took to the stage to present a trophy to Muti, who made a rare public appearance following his February (11) surgery to fit a pacemaker after collapsing during a rehearsal with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Illinois.
Continue reading: Kanawa, Terfel And Muti Honoured At Opera Awards
The 83-year-old Australian-born soprano passed away at her home in Switzerland on Sunday (10Oct10), bringing the curtain down on a career which spanned more than four decades.
Tributes have been pouring in for the singer and British theatre mogul Webber admits the industry is unlikely to see another star like Sutherland.
He says, "(She had an) extraordinary voice (and was an) extraordinary actress. We were all absolutely tonight wanting to think of her memory. What a lot of people forget is that opera is not just about singing, it is about what you can bring to a role and she made the roles very much her own. She had that added ingredient that you really need to have to be not just a great singer, but a great theatre artist. I've never heard anybody who hasn't had the highest praise to say about her."
Continue reading: Webber And Kiri Te Kanawa Lead Tributes To Sutherland
The legendary soprano sparked a furore when she suggested the I Dreamed A Dream hitmaker's fame will be fleeting, insisting it was an "insult" to expect her to discuss the Scottish star.
She also blasted Katherine Jenkins, implying she is not a "serious classical singer".
But Morgan - who is also a judge on Britain's Got Talent, the show which propelled Boyle to fame - has slammed Dame Kiri for her controversial comments.
Continue reading: Morgan Blasts Dame Kiri Over Boyle Comments
The New Zealand-born soprano is currently conducting her own talent search with the BBC to find a new opera star, and was asked for her thoughts on Boyle, who shot to fame last year (09) after wowing judges on Britain's Got Talent with I Dreamed A Dream.
But the star was angered by the suggestion her musical genre is linked to Boyle's - and is adamant the unlikely superstar's fame will be fleeting.
When asked about Boyle by Britain's Radio Times, she says, "Let's get off that subject. Move on. I'm doing something classical, not whizz-bang. Whizz-bang disappears. It goes 'whizz' and then 'bang'. You insult me by even wanting to bring it into this conversation. I'm not interested.
Continue reading: Dame Kiri Slams Boyle's Rise To Fame
Susan Boyle has been blasted by the world famous opera star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa for being a product of ''whizz'' and ''bang'' television.
The New Zealand-born soprano was asked about the Scottish singing sensation's version of 'I Dreamed A Dream', which she also sings, but dismissed 49-year-old Susan as a product of "whizz" and "bang" reality television.
Speaking to the Radio Times, she said: "Let's get off that subject, move on. I'm doing something classical, not whizz-bang. Whizz-bang disappears. It goes 'whizz' and then 'bang'."
Continue reading: Susan Boyle Slammed By Opera Star
New Zealand opera legend Dame Kiri Te Kanawa stands to lose a small fortune if found guilty of pulling out of a deal to perform with Aussie rocker JOHN FARNHAM.
The singer has been called as a superstar witness in a Supreme Court trial in Sydney, Australia next week (beg29JAN07), where she stands accused of breaching a contract.
Promoters FRANK WILLIAMS and EILEEN MURPHY claim they were forced to cancel a series of concerts featuring Farnham and Te Kanawa in 2005 when the opera star decided not to perform with the YOU'RE THE VOICE singer.
The promoters claim tickets for the three Two Great Voices shows at Sydney's Domain venue were selling strongly when Te Kanawa pulled the plug on the concerts.