Directed by: Nigel Wattis
Conductor: Stephen Barlow, John Hopkins
Soloists: Sir Georg Solti, Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra/Chorus/Bellet: Royal Opera House Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Produced by: RM Arts/LWT
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa’s story has all the best elements of an operatic fairytale. Coming from a part-Maori background she went on to become one of the world’s most famous opera stars. In this exciting portrait, Kiri Te Kanawa talks about her life and her career in a series of revealing in-depth interviews. The documentary shows Kiri Te Kanawa recording Strauss’s „Four Last Songs“ with Sir Georg Solti and the Wiener Philharmoniker, singing in a small English country church in the presence of the Prince of Wales as well as rehearsing and performing „Arabella“ and „Capriccio.“
A CONCERT SPECIAL
Early in 1990, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa made a triumphant return to her native New Zealand, culminating in an open-air concert in Wellington, where an audience of over seventy-five thousand people enjoyed music ranging from Puccini to Gershwin. Just over a year later, she delighted an invited audience at Christopher Wren’s Chapel of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London, with a programme of Handel and Mozart. Highlights of these two performances are “Tu che di gel sei cinta” from Puccini’s „Turandot“; “O mio babbino caro” from „Gianni Schicchi“; Mozart’s “Exsultate, jubilate”; “I Could Have Danced All Night” from the musical „My Fair Lady“; and many more.