'Welsh Diva' in full voice
OPERA singing sensation Katherine Jenkins is gearing
up to wow the crowds with her heavenly voice at the North
Wales Theatre, Llandudno, on Sunday, March 21.
stunning mezzo-soprano, who is about to release her debut
album, will perform at the Llandudno Theatre as part of
her UK tour with New Zealand sensation Hayley Westenra.
first came to the attention of the media at the Classical
Brits last May when the nation's media fought for the
attention of the Neath beauty as she walked the red carpet
of the Royal Albert Hall for the very first time. The
Daily Mail described her as the new 'Welsh Diva', while
Wales on Sunday lauded her 'Wales's new operatic sensation'.
went on to perform before a crowd of 70,000 people at
the Wales v England game at the Millennium Stadium last
August and became the official mascot for the Welsh rugby
team during the World Cup.
the young singer replaced international opera star Bryn
Terfel as the Welsh rugby team's mascot in time for the
Rugby World Cup.
24-year-old recorded the team's championship anthem, Bread
was asked to record the song following her performance
at the Millennium Stadium.
was such an honour,' said self-confessed rugby fan Katherine.
was just so pleased to be asked to sing before the Wales/England
match so to then be asked to record the anthem for the
Rugby World Cup was a dream come true.'
have always had rugby in my life. I have been to the stadium
to watch games and have stood there and thought that I
really want to lead the anthem one day.'
also performed at Westminster Cathedral for the Pope's
Silver Jubilee concert, and appeared on a BBC TV broadcast
from Sydney's Opera House.
was invited to sing at the Sydney Opera House in front
of an audience of about 2,000 people last October as special
guest star at a Max Boyce concert.
show was broadcast on the eve of the Wales-All Blacks
game on BBC1 Wales on November 1 last year.
last year, the stunning former model, teacher and Royal
Academy of Music graduate, was snapped up by recording
giants, Universal Classics, who offered her a six-album
deal as soon as she left college.
debut album, Première, to be released on Monday,
April 19, was produced by James Morgan and Juliette Pochin
and contains songs reflecting her musical influences,
including, Habenera from Carmen, John Rutter's The Lord
is My Shepherd, Welsh folk songs and some new arrangements
of classical tracks. The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets
cost £19.50. To book call the box office on 01492
thanks to Roger Mansbridge