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

February 12, 2011 |  1:30 pm

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.

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

— Marcia Adair

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