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KIRI TE KANAWA
‘In Musical Theatre’
This 2 hour DVD-R compilation finds
the opera diva performing mostly
Broadway material that is well known and in
the repertoire of many popular song stylists.
After the fond memory of her performing a stunning
Handel aria at the wedding of Charles
and Diana in 1981, she eventually reached the
highest firmament of Grand Opera through the
following three decades. In the early days of her
career she sang many lighter works by
the great American songwriters including the
crème of Broadway material. In the mid-1980,s
Kiri released several albums in this genre as well as
a fling with ‘easy jazz’ selections. Due in part
to Nelson Riddle’s great arrangements and who
helped develop her ‘other’ voice – that of using her
middle-register closely miked, much attention and
rave reviews came her way.
This presentation consists of three very special
appearances/concerts by Dame Kiri. They are very
rare and offer the ‘other side’ of this world renowned
New Zealand soprano. A classy revelation for many!
ENJOY.
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Part 1: ( 21 minutes)
Dame Kiri is special guest on ‘Evening At Pops’ with
JOHN WILLIAMS and
The Boston Pops Orchestra in early 1986. Her breezy
and funny side is evidenced as is her great vocal ability in
handling the lighter material she offers here.
Somewhere (Bernstein)
Blue Skies (Berlin)
I Want To Be A Prima Donna/ Art Is Calling For Me (Herbert)
Honey Bun (Rodgers/Hammerstein)
Orchestra concludes the evening with a rousing arrangement
by Dick Hayman of Harold Arlen’s I Love A Parade.
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Part 2: (57 min)
In an outstanding stage Concert version of Lerner and Loewe’s
MY FAIR LADY
from the Royal Albert Hall (1987), Kiri te Kanawa
is joined by JEREMY IRONS and WARREN MITCHELL
under the skilled baton of
JOHN MAUCERI w/ the London Symphony Orch. and Chorus.
Playing time is .
Overture – Wouldn’t It Be Loverly-
With A Little Bit Of Luck – Get Me To The Church
I’m An Ordinayi Man – Just You Wait- Professor Higgins-
Show Me – The Rain In Spain - Ascot Gavotte-
I Could Have Danced All Night – Why Can’t A Woman-
Without You - I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face

Wonderfully entertaining!
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Part 3: (54 minutes)
‘SOUTH PACIFIC’ in London’
We are invited to attend the 1986 recording session
in London’s Henry Wood Hall, for one of
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic Broadway works.
JONATHAN TUNICK conducts the London Symphony Orch.
and The Ambrosian Singers.
Along with Kiri te Kanawa is a con-frere of the
opera stage, tenor JOSE CARRERAS. Also contributing
to the making of the ‘album’ are great singing stars
SARAH VAUGHAN and MANDY PATINKIN!
(Sarah compares meaning of this outing for her~
a boat to a ship; a band to an orchestra.. It’s
a rare treat for her, indeed, and she is perfect!
Mandy Patinkin’s intensity is riveting!)
Kiri and Jose are beautifully cast and
most creditably serve this masterpiece.
One can really witness the pressures of the moment
these professionals contend with – an eye/ear
opening experience, to be sure.
But the end results
are glorious!
Happy Talk – Bali Ha’i (Vaughan)
Carefully Taught-Younger Than Springtime ( Patinkin)
There Is Nothing Like A Dame- Bloody Mary
Some Enchanted Evening – A Wonderful Guy-
I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair-
Honey Bun- Twin Soliloquies-
This Nearly Was Mine-
(NB:short end break during the Finale)
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VERY GOOD SOUND AND PICTURE.
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