Kiri Te Kanawa

Active - 1952 - 1998  |   Born - Mar 6, 1944 in Gisborne, New Zealand  |   Genres - Music, Theater

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  • Was adopted at a very young age.
  • Met ex-husband Desmond Park on a blind date in 1967 and married him six weeks later.
  • Her version of "Nun's Chorus" composed by Johann Strauss was New Zealand's first gold record.
  • Has received honorary degrees from eight British, one American and two New Zealand universities.
  • Was awarded a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1982, the Honorary Companion of the Order of Australia in 1990 and Order of New Zealand in 1995.
  • Won the Edison Classical Music Award in 2008.
  • Started the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation, which provides scholarships to talented musicians.