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Te Kanawa, Kiri (Subject/Author) & Wilson, Conrad (Co-Author). KIRI TE KANAWA: OPERA FOR LOVERS. Singapore: Roeder Publications Limited, 1996. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 288 pages. Fine/Fine.

The soprano/diva's book-length account on subject. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the Softcover Edition. Published simultaneously worldwide in a regular print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now very scarce. A stunningly beautiful production: Oversize-volume format. Gray cloth boards with gilt titles embossed on spine, as issued. Text by Kiri Te Kanawa and Conrad Wilson. Photographs by various contributors. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents opera for seasoned and new lovers from the uniquely personal point-of-view of one of its greatest and most beloved sopranos. "She has produced a book of thoughts, recollections, and observations on some well-beloved operas along with thoughts, recollections, and observations on colleagues, singers, conductors, and directors. Lavishly illustrated with wonderful production shots from various well-known opera companies. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa talks of her love of opera and what it means to her, revealing her favorite composers and showing the various ways in which conductors and singers interpret a work" (Publisher's blurb). For the better part of the last thirty years, from 1971 onwards, Kiri Te Kanawa reigned supreme as the world's greatest living diva. No one could touch her Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, and Richard Strauss. She expanded the song-recital repertoire, encompassing operetta, such figures as Liszt, Rachmaninov, and Ravel, the flamboyant and technically demanding Spanish Romantic composers, the American Songbook (including Bernstein's "West Side Story" in its entirety), Broadway musicals, and the songs of popular culture. She embraced them all, breathing new life into everything she sang. One of the defining aspects of Kiri's career is that her critics dislike her for exactly the same reason her admirers love her: Her ravishingly beautiful voice. To her detractors, it's all she is. To her fans, it's all that matters. Whether her successors in Renee Fleming, Anna Netrebko, and Angela Georghiu, among others, will prevail or not (they will), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa's own legacy is secure. A "must-have" title for Kiri Te Kanawa collectors. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. One of the greatest living divas. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER KIRI TE KANAWA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 9810078331. $90.00

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