Dame Kiri gets closer

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Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast’s 2013 sub­scrip­tion sea­son launches on Mon­day night with a highly an­tic­i­pated show by world-renowned New Zealand so­prano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

Dame Kiri will be ac­com­pa­nied by her pi­anist, Ter­rence Dennis.

While she’s per­formed in opera houses around the world, Dame Kiri, 68, prefers one-off con­certs and recitals th­ese days.

‘‘For many years I en­joyed the drama and glam­our of opera,’’ she says. ‘‘But . . . con­certs and recitals give closer con­tact with an au­di­ence – which I much en­joy. Plus, the reper­toire is my own choice, so I get to choose the songs and their sto­ries that I want to sing. I en­joy that choice.’’

Dame Kiri’s warm, full lyric so­prano voice has re­sulted in ac­claim as one of the most beloved so­pra­nos in both the US and Bri­tain. Renowned for her su­perb tech­nique, she has per­formed in mul­ti­ple lan­guages and is par­tic­u­larly as­so­ci­ated with the works of Mozart, Strauss, Verdi, Han­del and Puc­cini. ‘‘If you can sing Mozart prop­erly, you can sing al­most any­thing else,’’ she says.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa plays The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast on Mon­day. Full in­ter­view in Satur­day’s

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