Believe it or not, Kiri Te Kanawa was a pop star. She sang in many bars and clubs in New Zealand and was regularly shown in the newspaper. She received the Mobil Song Quest for singing Vissi d'arte from Puccini's Tosca.
Kiri's repertoire included Mozart, Bizet, Puccini, Verdi and many others. She was also at Frederica von Stade's benefit recital, (2011), at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.