In her teens and early 20s, New Zealand soprano Kiri Te Kanawa was a pop star and entertainer. After winning the Lexus Song Quest, she received a grant to study in London. Performances at London’s Royal Opera House and the Metropolitan Opera drew international recognition, and in 1981 she sang at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer to a worldwide television audience of more than 600 million. Listen to her perform "O mio babbino caro" from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi.
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