Kiri Te Kanawa was born 1944 in Gisbourne, New Zealand and carries the exotic blood of native Maori aristocracy. Kiri Te Kanawa gained legendary status almost overnight after her sensational debut as the countess in Le Nozze di Figaro at Covent Garden in 1971. However, in 1971 Kiri Te Kanawa was already an experienced concert and recording artist.
Kiri Te Kanawa is a familiar figure in the genre of opera as well as a much sought-after singer in a wide varity of musical contexts. Kiri Te Kanawa has appeared as e.g. Richard Strauss' Arabella, Mozarts' Fiodiligi in Cosi fan Tutti, Donna Elvira in Don Juan and Mimi in La Boheme

Photo by John Swannell

Says Kiri Te Kanawa:
"Hans Christian Andersen?s tales have delighted generations of children and are universal in the appeal. I look forward to working with the Foundation during the year to help raise awareness of these magical stories that have as much relevance today as ever."