Valentine’s Day countdown: Soprano Kiri Te Kanawa’s favorite love song

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From now through Valentine’s Day we’re sharing the favorite love song from eight musicians who are about to perform in the Los Angeles area. Soprano Kiri Te Kanawa is a sucker for “Danny Boy.” Watch the opera star from New Zealand sing the sentimental Irish folk song in this video.

‘When you want a love song it can be one that is very happy but I suppose it was happy but then it had an unhappy ending. There’s always a question mark of the love that has been lost. The tragic love, really.


‘I think love is a sad thing but sometimes we like to be sad. It’s a nice emotion. Not tragic sad, but just sad. I think we like to find a little hurt sometimes because then the happiness is more extreme.’

Te Kanawa performs a recital March 12 at the Valley Performing Arts Center, Cal State Northridge.


Nathan Gunn’s favorite love song

Betty Buckley’s favorite love song

Constantine Maroulis’ favorite love song

Wynton Marsalis’ favorite love song

Keely Smith’s favorite love song

Check back with Culture Monster every day through Feb. 14 for a new selection.

— Marcia Adair