Kiri Te Kanawa had the ideal high, floating legato for roles like the countess in Mozart's TheMarriage of Figaro. The soprano stopped performing opera in 2004 (the countess in Barber's Vanessa was her swan song), but she is on the recital circuit this season with a program that includes a generous selection of Mozart and Richard Strauss; Copland's setting of an Emily Dickinson poem, Why Do They Shut Me Out of Heaven?; songs by Poulenc; an aria from Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur and other works.
Te Kanawa, with pianist Warren Jones, gives a recital at 8 p.m. Saturday at Morsani Hall of Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in Tampa. $45.50-$105.50 plus service charges. (813) 229-7827; toll-free 1-800-955-1045; www.tbpac.org.
For the St. Petersburg Times interview with Te Kanawa that appeared in Sunday's paper, go to entertainment.tampabay.com.