The famous New Zealand opera singer in concert. World renowned opera star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will lead the Future Stars of Opera at the event. Combining rare acting ability with one of the most beautiful soprano voices of her generation, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is among opera's most celebrated contemporary figures. While still a teen she topped several vocal competitions, later winning a four-year scholarship to study at the London Opera Centre. Te Kanawa's studies there brought her to the attention of authorities at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and in 1971 she made her debut as Xenia in Boris Godunov. Later that year she rose to overnight fame as the Countess in Colin Davis' new production of Le Nozze di Figaro at London's Royal Opera House; in the years to follow, she headlined all of the world's major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the San Francisco Opera, the Paris Opera, the Sydney Opera, the Vienna State Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Te Kanawa's repertoire includes Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, CosÃ fan Tutte, Die ZauberflÃ¶te and Tosca, La Rondine and Manon Lescaut, plus Simon Boccanegra, Arabella, Otello, La Traviata, Der Rosenkavalier, Faust, Eugene Onegin, Carmen, Capriccio and La BohÃ¨me, along with selections of arias from French, Italian and German operas. Dame Kiri is dedicated to working with the next generation of Opera Stars. She has set up her own Foundation to Mentor young Singers from her home Country New Zealand, She regularly works with young singers at the Metropolitan Opera New York and amongst other similar projects teaches each summer at the Solti-Te Kanawa Academia Italy.Company City of London Sinfonia.