Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, one of opera’s most celebrated stars, has told the BBC she will never sing in public again. Dame Kiri said she stopped performing a year ago, but had not announced her retirement until now.
“I don’t want to hear my voice,” the soprano told the Today programme, whose career has spanned more than half a century.
“It is in the past. When I’m teaching young singers and hearing beautiful young fresh voices, I don’t want to put my voice next to theirs.”