Countess at Covent Garden
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Kiri Te Kanawa - 10 facts you never knew
5. Countess at Covent Garden
Dame Kiri was offered the role of the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro at Covent Garden in 1971, after a wildly successful audition. Conductor Sir Colin Davis said: "I couldn't believe my ears. I've taken thousands of auditions, but it was such a fantastically beautiful voice."