Opera Star Kiri Te Kanawa Has Retired

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Dame Kiri Ta Kanawa has announced her retirement from a half-century-long career in opera singing.

Although she hasn't performed in more than a year, it's taken the soprano this long to make the announcement that she'll never perform in public again. "I didn't want to hear my voice again".

"I was told two or three months before, you will sing this song", she revealed.

"I've had such an incredible career", she said, adding that it had taken her five years "to say the goodbye in my own mind".

The star, who appeared in TV drama Downton Abbey, made her last public performance in a concert in Australia last October.

"I don't want to hear my voice", Te Kanawa said.

'I've had such an awesome career, ' she said. "Before I had gone on, I said, right, this it".

In a career spanning nearly half a decade, she sang at all the world's most prestigious opera houses, and also performed at the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Her five decade career saw her perform at leading opera houses and concert halls across the world, receiving numerous accolades. "And that was the end", she said. "Can you imagine holding that inside you for months and months, not being able to mention it to anyone?" "When she died, I felt that I should put that song away forever".

"I never wanted to", she said. "It's very, very special", she said. "I never really achieved perfection of the 100% that I would have liked to".