Bow­ing out

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Ageing With Attitude -

SHE came to fame in 1971 and went on to per­form at ev­ery ma­jor opera house in the world, in­clud­ing to an au­di­ence of 600 mil­lion at the wed­ding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana 10 years later. But now at age 73, the cel­e­brated opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has an­nounced she is re­tir­ing and will never sing in pub­lic again, con­cen­trat­ing on train­ing younger singers to reach their po­ten­tial. While her fans hold her tal­ent in high es­teem, Te Kanawa her­self said the high­light of her ca­reer, was “stay­ing healthy and be­ing able to per­form.” In an in­ter­view af­ter the an­nounce­ment, she told The Tele­graph: “I won’t miss per­form­ing in pub­lic... I’m liv­ing all the things I did my­self but with­out the pres­sure of per­form­ing.” Af­ter a ca­reer that spanned five decades it sounds like she has dif­fer­ent pri­or­i­ties now.

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