Kiri Te Kanawa
March 6, 1944 in Gisborne
Laredo, Texas, United States
Dame Kiri Janette Te Kanawa, ONZ, AC, DBE, (IPA: /ËˆkiËri ËˆteÉª ËˆkÉ‘ËnÉ™wÉ™/, born March 6, 1944) is one of the world's most celebrated sopranos. In 1981, she was seen and heard around the world by an estimated 600 million people when she sang HÃ¤ndel's "Let the Bright Seraphim" at the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. Te Kanawa was born in Gisborne, on New Zealand's North Island. She has both MÄori and European ancestry, but little is known about her birth parents as she was adopted as an infant. She is the adopted daughter of an Irish mother and MÄori father.
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