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Kiri Te Kanawa gives 'Downton' an operatic touch.

LONDON -- ''Downton Abbey,'' the world's favorite country-house soap, is getting a dose of opera.

Producers say soprano Kiri Te Kanawa will appear in the upcoming fourth season as real-life diva Nellie Melba.

The New Zealand-born singer says ''I couldn't say yes fast enough'' to appearing in a show she loves -- and enjoyed her time on set so much she named her new dog Abbey.

Te Kanawa sang for journalists at a preview of the new season on Tuesday. In the new series, Melba -- a huge star of the early 20th century -- joins the aristocratic Grantham clan for a house party.

The costume drama about the family and servants in an English stately home returns to British television this fall, and airs in the U.S. on PBS in January.
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Date:Aug 14, 2013
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