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Watch: Kiri Te Kanawa on her upcoming performance in La Fille du régiment

Legendary soprano to celebrate her 70th birthday performing in the first opera she saw at Covent Garden.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

18 February 2014 at 12.36pm | 3 Comments

Legendary New Zealand soprano Kiri Te Kanawa is to make her return to the Covent Garden stage next month as the Duchess de Crackentorp in Donizetti’s uproarious comedy La Fille du régiment.

'It will be my last performance - certainly in opera,' says Dame Kiri as she prepares for the role. The performances will see something of a full circle being completed by the soprano, as the opera was the first performance she saw at Covent Garden, during her time with the London Opera Centre in the 1960s:

'My first visit was literally coming into the Royal Box. I was invited through the school to come with our director to watch The Daughter of the Regiment [La Fille du régiment] - of all things - and watching Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland singing the two main parts!'

Although traditionally a spoken part, the role of the Duchess has been expanded for the forthcoming revival to include some singing and the opening night performance on 3 March will see her first performance at Covent Garden since 1997.

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The Royal Opera’s La Fille du régiment runs from 3–18 March 2014. Tickets are still available.
The production is staged with generous support from Judith Portrait.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

18 February 2014 at 12.36pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Laurent Pelly, Duchess du Crackentorp, interview, Kasper Holten, Kiri Te Kanawa, La Fille du regiment, Production

This article has 3 comments

  1. Trevor Krueger responded on 1 March 2014 at 12:18am Reply

    I came to watch the dress rehearsal today and absolutely loved the whole show! It's beautifully set, the caste are perfect and Dame Kiri just owns the stage when she makes her entrance. It always amazes me, the magic that exists in a true "star". But that does not take anything away from everyone else who were all magical!

  2. Chris Shaw responded on 4 March 2014 at 1:15pm Reply

    I saw the first performance last night and Dame Kiri's singing is indeed remarkable for a seventy year old. It has to be said, however, that Dawn French did an infinitely better job in this non-singing role, comic role.

  3. GOD BLESS DAME, HAPPY BDAY!!!
    HAD AN HONOR TO MEET YOU!!!
    THANKS FOR EVERYTHING!!!!

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