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DAME KIRI TE KANAWA
It is to enable singers not to sing simply as they have been told to sing, but to find out how they want to sing. This programme is about teaching the singers how to own their voices. This is a philosophy close to Solti’s heart and it is the intention of the Accademia to foster this self-discovery in support of the next generation’s top talent.

The Solti Accademia is happy to announce that with effect from July 2012, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa ONZ, DBE, AC will assume the honorary position of Emeritus Professor – and will return as her schedule allows to work with the Accademia’s young singers.

“Apart from the unique opportunity it has to nurture and mentor the next generation of outstanding young classical singers, the Solti Accademia di Bel Canto is a visible legacy of Sir Georg Solti – a very dear colleague whom I greatly admired. He was always driven to achieve perfection and through the Accademia, he is still able to influence talented young singers from around the world. Lady Solti’s continuing involvement is also an inspiration as she passes on the philosophy of the great maestro.If he could experience the passion and determination I’ve seen and felt there, he would be very proud indeed. I’m sure his spiritual presence and the professionalism of those organising the Accademia will ensure that it goes from strength to strength for many years to come.

One of the bonuses of my international concert schedule has been the chance to identify some very special young singers from all over the world, and particularly from New Zealand. These New Zealanders even included a young pianist, who attended for three years, gaining invaluable experience in this repertoire. The Accademia has always offered, and will continue to offer, singers the opportunity not to sing simply as they have been taught to sing, but to find out how they want to sing – a philosophy close to Solti’s heart and one that the Accademia adheres to, as it continues to foster self-discovery in support of the next generation’s talent.

I will always be indebted to Sir Georg. His passion for music, dedication and determination were inspirational to me as a young singer – the same passion, dedication and determination I see in the young singers who attend the Accademia.”

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