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Kiri not interested in SuBo success

Published 18/05/2010 | 04:36

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa said she was 'not interested' in Susan Boyle's success
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa said she was 'not interested' in Susan Boyle's success

Susan Boyle's version of I Dreamed A Dream may have turned her into a global star, but soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa appears less than enthralled by her "whiz-bang" success.

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Dame Kiri said she was "not interested" in discussing the achievements that SuBo has had with the song, which became a YouTube sensation after she performed it on Britain's Got Talent last year.

Asked about SuBo's success with the tune from Les Miserables, she told the Radio Times: "Let's get off that subject. Move on. I'm doing something classical, not whiz-bang. Whiz-bang disappears. It goes 'whiz' and then 'bang'."

Dame Kiri is involved in the BBC Radio 2 Kiri Prize, a hunt to find an opera star of the future.

Dame Kiri, who has also performed the song, continued: "You insult me by even wanting to bring it into this conversation. I'm not interested. This competition is named after me and has far more stability. It's judged seriously by people with integrity who know what they're talking about."

Dame Kiri was asked about music's crossover appeal and it was suggested to her that Andrea Bocelli had performed opera.

She replied: "He did. Once. He wants to be an opera singer, but he isn't."

Katherine Jenkins's name was mentioned, and Dame Kiri said: "We should talk about serious classical singers if you want to stick to the subject.

"There's Angela Gheorghiu, Renee Fleming, Anna Netrebko performing glorious, serious, grand opera without microphones. There aren't many of us."

:: The full interview appears in the latest issue of the Radio Times.

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