Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has revealed that her toughness, mental or otherwise, comes from being beaten as a child by nuns at the convent school she went to.
“I’m tough … I’m tough because I have had to be. I was beaten by the nuns as a child.”
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa’s revelation stunned an audience of several hundred in Whanganui.
The celebrated singer, in the city to teach at the two-week New Zealand Opera School at Wanganui Collegiate, was speaking candidly in a public conversation with fellow international opera performer and Baptist Church minister, Rodney McCann.
“I am as tough as I am today because from age 12, when I was at a convent school in Auckland, I was beaten by the nuns,” Dame Kiri told the audience at the Collegiate auditorium. Read more »