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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa: I won't sing in public again

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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, one of opera's most celebrated stars, has told the BBC she will never sing in public again, BBC reports.

Dame Kiri, 73, said she stopped performing a year ago, but had not announced her retirement until now.

"I don't want to hear my voice," said the soprano, 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."

Dame Kiri has appeared at all the world's major opera houses and concert halls. She made her name in 1971 when she was cast as the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro at Covent Garden. At the time she was barely known.

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