Katherine Jenkins: I hope you will come to love opera as much as me

Welsh songstress Katherine Jenkins can’t wait to act as a mentor on the new series Popstar to Operastar.

The classical hit-singer couldn’t contain herself: “I’m so excited about this project. Since I started recording albums, I haven’t done any teaching, and it’s fantastic to be doing it again now.”

The 29-year-old said of her mentoring role: “It’s a delight to be trying to help other singers. You have to go back and look at techniques that help you as a performer. You have to re-examine things that previously you took for granted. It was really inspiring.”

Katherine, who is the best loved classical singer in the UK will mentoring eight celebrities alongside famed tenor Rolando Villazon. After each performance, Katherine and Rolando will join rock star Meatloaf and TV presenter Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen on the judging panel.

“I’ve been really impressed by the pop stars” she beamed. “They’re all really enthusiastic and willing to try anything, even if it sounds stupid. It takes a lot to come out and sing for us. If I had to sing a pop song in front of them, I’d feel out of my depth. They’re so brave.”

Katherine thinks that the primetime slot for show will definitely be a hit with the viewers: “it going to introduce lots of people to classical music for the first time – and that can only be a good thing.”

She explained: “I hope people take from this show a real enthusiasm for opera. They’ll see how much we love it and they’ll come to love it, too.”


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