Te Kanawa, Kiri

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Te Kanawa, Kiri Gender: F
Claire Mary Teresa Rawstron
born on 6 March 1944 at 14:00 (= 2:00 PM )
Place Gisborne, New Zealand, 38s40, 178e01
Timezone NZST h12e (is half hour DST)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Penfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 15°23' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 02°48 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 22°18'


Australian opera soprano, known for repertoire ranging from opera to "West Side Story" to folk songs.

Te Kanawa, who is part-Polynesian, was adopted as a child, and raised by a Maori father and a mother of European ancestry. School was not important to her, but because of her voice, she was brought to London in 1966 to study in a program for gifted Australians and others. Academically weak and lacking in discipline, she was branded as frivolous. But an early master class with the likes of Joan Sutherland and others taught her she was not a mezzo as she thought but a soprano. Early performances earned her important favorable reviews from leading British critics.

By 1970, she was considered a success and had a three-year contract as junior principal to the Royal Opera at Covent Garden. She became a star in a 1971 production of Mozart’s "The Marriage of Figaro." She gained international fame again when she sang at the much publicized wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.

She is married to Australian Desmond Park, and they have two children.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • role played of/by Melba, Nellie (born 19 May 1861). Notes: "Downton Abbey"


  • Family : Change residence 1966 (Moved to London to study)
  • Work : New Job 1980 (Performances at the Royal Opera at Convent Garden)

Source Notes

Marc Penfield quotes Carol Squires in MH 1/1990, stated as from Kanawa


  • Traits : Body : Race (Part Polynesian)
  • Traits : Mind : Education limited (Academically weak)
  • Family : Childhood : Adopted
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/Opera (Pro soprano)