Katherine Jenkins reveals what fans can expect from her upcoming Dubai concert

The best-selling classical sing will play at Dubai Opera on March 4

Katherine Jenkins reveals what fans can expect from her upcoming Dubai concert

Having performed for the Queen, the Pope, US Presidents, British troops and sporting heroes, Katherine Jenkins is a familiar face – and voice – around the globe.

Named the number one selling classical music artist of the past 25 years by Classic FM, there’s no denying Jenkins has amped the profile of the genre. And now the operatic star is coming to Dubai Opera to perform for the first time, and she can’t wait to take to the stage at the city’s famous theatre on Wednesday March 4.

“I’m really lucky to have been over in Dubai a lot,” says the Welsh mezzo-soprano. “I did an open-air concert here at Burj Al Arab a while back, which was amazing – I’ve always had an incredible time, it’s a cultured audience in Dubai – and the crowd is always really warm and welcoming.

“But I’ve wanted to play Dubai Opera for a while now, so when I finally had the chance to secure a date I was thrilled. I’m so, so excited for the show. In Dubai everything is done to such a level of perfection – I can’t wait to play at the Opera and hear the acoustics, it looks a fantastic venue.”

Fans of Jenkins will be on the edge of their seats, but what can the audience expect from the star’s show next week?

“I’m coming over with a string quartet and a piano – so it will have an intimate feel,” she reveals. “There will be something for everyone so I hope they all enjoy it.”

And get ready for all the tunes you know and love, as Jenkins won’t be shying away from doing the crowd-pleasers – and tear-jerkers, so bring your hankies.

“It will be a mix of classical numbers, pop songs and more,” she says. “I’ll be doing stuff from arias to Broadway show tunes. Honestly, people tell me off if I don’t do their favourites – like Phantom of the Opera and Hallelujah.”

With a career repertoire that includes TV shows – such as Emmerdale, Doctor Who and Popstar to Operastar – as well as finishing second on US reality talent show Dancing With The Stars, Jenkins, who was born in Neath in Wales, has steadily become a household name. She’s performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Westminster Abbey and overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan for troops, and says that nothing beats a live show.

“Recording in the studio is really fun, but there’s nothing like seeing people’s reactions when you’re doing live performances,” she says. “Hands down it is the best thing, I’m lucky just to be singing. It’s the feeling of being in a moment with people. People cry at my concerts – not that it’s my aim to make them cry – but seeing people get so emotional makes me emotional too, I get very moved.”

And her music is very emotive, with songs such as Angels, from her 13th studio album Guiding Light, dedicated to losing someone you love, as she lost her father when she was just 15 years old. The album reached number one in the charts in May 2019 – making her the first classical artist to have secured 13 number one albums.

With a solid fan base the Brit Award-winner loves meeting the crowds too.

“They usually want to talk about my dresses,” she laughs. “I have quite a few outfit changes in my shows, and I love over-the-top gowns. My favourite was this amazing red dress with an 18ft train…”

Sounds rather heavy?

“It was insane! And pretty hard to move in, but I loved it.”

And having played with a huge range of people – from Andrea Bocelli to José Carras, Il Divo and Kylie Minogue.

“That was amazing – and a definite highlight,” she enthuses. “She was one of the first pop stars I loved listening to, and if I told my seven-year-old self I’d be on stage with Kylie, wearing a D&G gown I would never have believed it –it’s a dream come true. I’ve just worked with someone in a very different genre to me – it’s very exciting.”

Watch this space.
From Dhs295. Wed Mar 4, 8pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.

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