In keeping with the philosophy she says she borrowed her own theatric hero, Dame
"You never know," she told The Associated Press on Thursday at a Parliament House reception where she was a guest of
"Never say never, but 90th — they'd be wheeling me in in a chair," she quipped.
Te Kanawa later bowed to the
She no longer performs in operas, shifting her focus to recitals and concerts. Her work schedule is less hectic than it has been, but she continues globe-trotting at a frenetic pace.
Her current 11-concert tour will end in her native
She also visits
"It's enough; it's as much as I want to do," Te Kanawa said of her work commitments.
"I'm certainly easing down, that's for sure, but there's so much more to be done," she added.
She cherishes as a career highlight singing as a soloist at the wedding of
A winner of the British Recording Industry's Lifetime Achievement Award, she established the
But she regards the longevity of her career as her greatest success.
"I think living and being healthy and doing all the things I want to do, I think that's a highlight in itself," she said.
"You talk to a lot of 70- year-olds and they're not well. I'm very healthy and well," she added.
She puts her good health down to "a lot of hard work."
But she is also making the most of more leisure time.
"I've wanted to get a dog for 40 years; now I've got three of them and they're adorable," she said.
She also plans to buy a large campervan and tour her homeland.
"I want to see my
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