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Kiri Te Kanawa quits public performance after five-decade career

Kiri Te Kanawa quits public performance after five-decade career”

Te Kanawa said that she came to the decision to stop singing previous year, but has only announced her retirement publicly now.

She has not performed publicly for about a year and told the BBC she did not intend to perform in front of an audience again.

The 73-year-old soprano, who retired from operatic roles in 2009, said she had stopped performing a year ago, but has only just revealed her decision.

"When I'm teaching young singers and hearing handsome young fresh voices, I don't want to put my voice next to theirs". Her five decade career saw her perform at leading opera houses and concert halls across the world, receiving numerous accolades.

Te Kanawa announced her retirement from opera in 2014, but continued to perform in New Zealand and internationally.

She soon found herself among opera's elite, sharing the stage with the likes of Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo.

She achieved a level of fame rare for a classical performer.

But after the death of the Princess of Wales in 1997, she never sang it again.

'I've had such an incredible career, ' she said.

The famed Kiwi opera singer says she is almost done with performing and prefers to help young Kiwis following in her footsteps.



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