Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (born as Kiri Janette Te Kanawa on 6th March 1944; Gisborne, North Island, New Zealand) made a guest appearance in episode 3 series four of Downton Abbey as Dame Nellie Melba.[1]

Kanawa is considered one of the best sopranos in Britain and the United States and has had a highly successful international opera career since 1968.

Behind the scenesEdit

Gareth Neame has said that Kanawa's performance reduced the cast and crew to tears, saying, "It was quite a special day."[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Kiri Te Kanawa reduced Downton cast to tears, Victoria Ward, The Telegraph, 13th August, 2013.
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