Dame Kiri te Kanawa, 70 today, has announced that her cameo role in Covent Garden’s Daughter of the Regiment is to be her last stage appearance. The production closes next week.
The Dame, reared from raw at the Royal Opera, achieved her finest moment at the wedding of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.
She has been an outstanding stage artist for almost half a century. Closely identified on record with Sir Georg Solti, her best-selling classical record (wedding apart) was probably the West Side Story she recorded with Leonard Bernstein and Jose Carreras on DG.