Watch now

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available


Dame Kiri Te Kanawa A Portrait [DVD] [2001]

Richard Bonynge , Melvyn Bragg    Exempt   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
Price: £21.11 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it Monday, 27 Oct.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details
Looking for Bargains?
Check out the DVD & Blu-ray Deals of the Week page to find this week's price-drops. Deals of the Week end on Sunday at 23:59.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Between 20-26 October 2014, spend £10 in a single order on item(s) dispatched from and sold by and receive a £2 promotional code to spend in the Amazon Appstore. Here's how (terms and conditions apply)

Frequently Bought Together

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa A Portrait [DVD] [2001] + Kiri Te Kanawa: A Celebration [DVD] [2007]
Price For Both: £37.10

Buy the selected items together

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Product details

  • Actors: Richard Bonynge, Melvyn Bragg, Georg Solti, Joan Sutherland, Jeffrey Tate
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, Italian, German, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: ARTHAUS
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Aug 2001
  • Run Time: 157 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Q3YG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,330 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Sound Format - Dolby Digital 2.0 - Portrait
PCM Stereo - Concert
Menu Languages - English, German, French, Spanish
Subtitles - English, Italian (Arias), German, French, Spanish BR> Special Features - Arthaus Musik-Trailer eight-mins
Picture Format - 4:3

From the Back Cover

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa's story has all the best elements of an operatic fairytale. Coming from a part-Maori background she went on to become the world's most famous and best-loved female opera star. In this definitive profile, Kiri Te Kanawa talks about her life and her career in a series of revealing and in-depth interviews, including excerpts from concerts, opera performances and rehearsals. As a special feature on this DVD you can see highlights from three memorable concert performances, comprising arias and songs by Puccini, Verdi, Handel, Mozart and others.

With the special participation of; Sir Georg Soltoi, Jeffrey Tate, Stephen Barlow, John Hopkins, The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, The orchestra of The Royal Opera House, The Vienna Philharmonic.

Edited and Narrated by; Melvyn Bragg
With Special Thanks to; Vera Rozsa

Wellington Concert, New Sealand Syphony Orchestra - conducted by John Hopkins
Greenwhich Concert, Royal Opera House Orchestra - Conducted by Stephen Barlow

Executive Producer - Melvyn Bragg
Edited and Presented by Melvyn Bragg

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Customer Reviews

4 star
3 star
2 star
3.7 out of 5 stars
3.7 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful singing, very informative 5 Mar 2002
Format:VHS Tape
As i am a big Kiri fan and a vocal student I actually found this video a real treat!. There was some eloguent singing of Mozart and Handel, and Strauss' Capriccio was wonderful. If you like Kiri then I seriously suggest that you buy this.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Kiri 14 Dec 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought this DVD for my daughter. She loves anything Kiri, so do I. Her husband has bought her more Kiri for Christmas also.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 3 Oct 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This dvd is damaged
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.4 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiri the legendary soprano 28 Jun 2001
By Sea Air - Published on
This is Kiri Te Kanawa at her finest. On this excellently transferred DVD we get to see her perform in her home country New Zealand and at a beautiful English chapel. The energy and excitement of the outdoor NZ concert really breathe through the screen. She sings "Io son l'umile ancella," "In quelle trine morbide," "Pace, pace, mio dio," "Tu, che di gel sei cinta," AND "Ch'il bel sogno di Doretta," one of her signature arias, which is mysteriously OMITTED from the listing on the back and inside covers! (It is itself worth the price of the DVD.) The NZ selection concludes with two Maori songs, one of them sung a capella, and "I Could Have Danced All Night." The second half of the program consists of two Handel arias ("Non disperar" and "Care selve") and Mozart's "Exsultate, jubilate!" in its entirety. Everyone familiar with Kiri Te Kanawa knows that she never leaves one of her headlining concerts without singing "O mio babbino caro", which here runs during the end credits. A very satisfying program. Note that between a few segments there is commentary by Kiri, which ties the whole program together very nicely. No subtitles. Excellent sound. Winner of the Silver Medal in Arts Performance at the 1993 NY Intl Film and TV Festival.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive performances from one of the great sopranos 17 Jan 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I've been a fan of Kiri Te Kanawa's since I began vocal studies more than 15 years ago. The ease with which she sang and the creamy, gorgeous voice was something to behold. So, when I saw that she released a DVD, and of performances I didn't already own on video, I couldn't wait to buy a copy. Owning this DVD is worth the anticipation I went through! There are two concerts presented, from about 10 years ago, although there is only about an hour's worth of music included. (Why, I'd like to know.) The first concert, despite being an outdoor performance, was recorded very well, although there is a tiny bit of feedback present at times. She sings Puccini, Verdi and some popular songs. The outdoor crowd adds a great deal of excitement to this performance (and goose bumps). In the second half, a more subdued location and program (Handel, Mozart) bring about a different air altogether. Though her voice doesn't (and never did) have the agility of, say, a true coloratura, it is admirable and something to which we mere mortals should aspire. She is a true Mozartean singer. My voice teacher always told me, if you can master singing the works of Mozart, you can sing just about anything. Dame Kiri is living proof of that. I will recommend this DVD to anyone, whether they be fan or student, or both.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Home and Afar with Music that Touches the Heart 16 Mar 2004
By Brian J Hay - Published on
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Like many I found the path to the world of opera by way of the music of Mozart. Kiri Te Kanawa, on the strength of her performance as Donna Elvira in the Joseph Losey production of Don Giovanni, was the first soprano whose singing literally brought me to tears. Even this pair of untrained ears noted the natural beauty of her voice and the breathtaking range of color shadings she was able to give to it. The way she was able to glide effortlessly (or seemed to anyway) through "Ah chi mi dice mai" left me stunned, moved and speechless. To this day her rendition of that piece is still my favoured one and it's stood up against some stiff competition (the second recording I heard of the piece was Elizabeth Schwarzkopf singing under Carlo Maria Guilini). I became a fan then and have been one since.
That this set contained a complete performance of Mozart's "Exsultate Jubilate" alone made buying it a no-brainer. The piece is one of the most joyous and beautiful works by the youthful Mozart and Dame Kiri's treatment of it is second to none. Mozart preferred solid song structure and subtle forms of expression to bravura coloratura passages, using the last only when the effect would truly serve the music. To this end his music and Kiri Te Kanawa's voice are a perfect match. She has the capacity to deliver coloratura passages beautifully (and does) but thanks to her enormous range of shadings along with love and feel for the music itself delivers a rendition that's better the second time it's heard. That's when all the little treasures Mozart hid in the music begin revealing themselves. Dame Kiri, to her credit, serves them with her voice as opposed to things being the other way around as is so often the case with recording stars.
The rest of this set fares just as well. Dame Kiri loves music and not just one form of it. Her programs always offer both operatic highlights and popular standards. The Lerner/Loewe gem "I Could Have Danced All Night" gets a completely different treatment than in the film but (thanks again to her intuitive musicality) crosses genres well. Her signature song "Pokarekare Ana", as always, is sung beautifully. It's here, without accompaniment from the Orchestra where one understands just how lovely her voice is, and how good she is. The instruments are never missed. The sets have a few surprises. Handel's work is less popular in the operatic repertoire than that of Puccini, Mozart or Verdi but it gets a decent representation here. "Non Disperar" from Julius Ceasar and "Care Selve" from "Atlanta" with their transparent and light scoring common to Baroque opera contrast nicely with the rest of the program. As with everything else (though the assertion may be getting redundant) they are given beautiful and radiant treatment by Dame Kiri. Another surprise is a sort of an "unofficial Easter egg" in the form of "Ch'il bel sogno di Doretta" which immediately follows "Tu, Che di Gel" from Turandot. It's not listed on either cover, nor in the liner notes or even in the chapter listings on the DVD itself but is lovely and shows the full range of this woman's magnificent voice well. Because of this it earns terms like "Easter Egg" or "bonus" rather than "packaging blunder" which is what it probably was. There are other problems with the disc. The sound isn't what it could be. It's far from bad but is not great either. Essentially, it's CD quality (and pretty good CD quality at that) but doesn't stand up with the best of what DVD has to offer. That it's an older recording that was made for television doesn't excuse this. Image (the same label) has a recording of Lohengrin out from the same time period and the quality of the sound there simply leaves this in the dust. Listen to those trombones (for instance) in the Prelude to Act III on a decent set up and you'll hear it. I'm guessing, but the transfer and the bit rates the recording was sampled with are probably at fault. Another is the lack of subtitles. Granted, this set comes from a pair of concerts, not a full blown opera so the subtitles aren't really necessary, but they would have been nice to have.
These are minor complaints though and nothing that prevents the music from winning the day. This is a wonderful set of performances of great music from one of this age's greatest singers and is easily appreciated as such. The end of this set when the credits are running as her rendition of Puccini's "O Mio Babbino Caro" washes over the audience is an exquisite moment. To listen to this and not be touched one would have to be without a heart.
What can be said but, "thank you" Dame Kiri and "thank you again".
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiri in the Outback 6 Aug 2001
By A Customer - Published on
This is a wonderful must have video!With the great Kiri Te Kanawa in her best form and old friend Robin Stapleton conducting this is one for all music lovers.Kiri has a wonderful range in dynmanics.She has worked with greats from Berstein to Lloyd Webber himself so her vast knowledge of all music types comes into play here.Plus you have the stunning outblack.This is not the first time Dame Kiri has sung in the outback.Its wonderful to have the whole concert on view here.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must view for every Kiri fan! 16 Dec 1999
By Stacey Martin - Published on
This video is magic - I admired Kiri as a singer before I watched this video, but now I really admire her as a person as well. I've been a fan for years but you see the 'real' Kiri. She's vulnerable, struggles with success and has the same problems as the rest of us. Her voice is divine - there are a few Maori Songs on this video, also the final scene from Arabella and Capriccio - both wonderful! I loved the whole insight into her life and voice. But what came across to me most, is that she is so nice, and NOT your usual Diva - she tries her best to be good to work with, and is always pleasant. All her colleagues enjoyed working with her on the video, it was so obvious. WONDERFUL!
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category