Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Discusses Modern "Need to Be Thin"

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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, one of the great sopranos of our time, recently spoke out about the "need to be thin" in modern opera productions.

In an interview on BBC, she critiques those inside opera who encourage performers to keep thin and declared, "You can't sing classical music on an empty stomach."

She still sings - rarely - and spends a great deal of time working with young singers to develop their operatic skills. She also has stories of the pressures of the constant travel around the world. Sometimes she found that, when it was time to pack, the dirty clothes from the last trip were still in the suitcase. She also refused to be drawn into a fight regarding the fact that her most popular song on the internet was, in the number of "hits," seriously behind the version by the UK's internet discovery, Susan Boyle.

"I congratulate her" she responded but hoped that, because of the internet contact with her, some might seek her out in roles like Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier or Arabella.

The interview was broadcast September 9 is on BBC television and a segment can be found on the BBC internet site: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/hardtalk/8981973.stm

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