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Produce Powerful Presentations (Collection) by Jerry Weissman

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47. Presentation Advice from Soprano Kiri Te Kanawa: The Importance of Breathing

In 1982, soprano Kiri Te Kanawa was awarded the title Dame Commander of the British Empire for her lifetime achievements as one of the leading operatic singers in the world. These days, Dame Kiri spends most of her time in a backstage role with her own foundation, dedicated to helping New Zealand singers and musicians develop their careers.

As an extension of her supportive role, she came to the United States to deliver a Master Class at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Seven fortunate students had the opportunity to be coached directly by Dame Kiri. One by one, she listened to each of them sing an aria. She then made suggestions about their musical interpretations. ...

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