Kiri Te Kanawa - AUDIO Carmen, Royal Opera House, 1973.

Full Cast;

Morales - Thomas Allen

Micaela - Kiri Te Kanawa

Zuniga - Richard Van Allan

Don José - Plácido Domingo

Carmen - Shirley Verrett

Frasquita - Teresa Cahill

Mercedes - Anne Pashley

Escamillo - José Van Dam

Dancairo - John Dobson

Remendado - Francis Egerton

The Royal Opera Chorus

Children from Haberdashers’ Aske’s School (Elstree)

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conducted by Sir Georg Solti.

Behind the scenes with Dame Kiri on Downton Abbey.

Dame Kiri’s performance as Dame Nellie Melba on Downton Abbey

BRUNO RAVELLA Opera Director: ‘Pinch Me’

A great story about quitting your day job to follow your dreams…

February 14, 2014

"Almost ten years ago, I left a successful position and career in advertising in the automotive industry. European communications manager, in charge of tv advertising, print, and most marketing for the whole of Europe, I chose instead to follow my dream and attempt a career in opera direction.

I realise now that my old career did give me more than I had expected - with over 45 TV adverts under my belt, experience in casting, working with directors during shoots, editing, etc. I developed a creative and listening instinct that I use everyday.

But what made the difference was meeting John Cox - he saw something in me and invited me to observe him in Los Angeles as he directed Kiri Te Kanawa in Vanessa. 


The next day I resigned, put my flat on the market and went back to the bottom of the ladder. This was the beginning of a friendship with John, an apprenticeship and a new life. I never looked back and still regularly pinch myself as I direct students or International stars in pub theatres or large national companies. 

This week, I directed Kiri Te Kanawa at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as the Duchesse de Krakenthorp in the revival of La Fille du regiment. ” - BRUNO RAVELLA , Opera Director

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