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New role in North for Dame Kiri.

Opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa was yesterday awarded an honorary degree by a North university.

The soprano from New Zealand, who will be performing at Newcastle City Hall tonight, was given the honorary doctorate of music from Sunderland University for her outstanding contribution to the arts and entertainment.

Since shooting to fame when she sang at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana - an event watched by more than 600 million people - Dame Kiri has been invested with the Order of Australia in 1990 and the Order of New Zealand in 1995.

She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1982 and last year sang at Buckingham Palace as part of the celebrations for the Queen's Golden Jubilee. Sunderland University vice-chancellor Professor Peter Fidler said: "We are privileged to honour a towering figure from the world of opera, one of its most famous sopranos, who has been at the very peak of her profession for more than 30 years.

"Dame Kiri's contribution to the arts and entertainment has been truly immense and we are delighted that we can pay our own tribute to her."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 12, 2003
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