Katherine Jenkins, the Welsh lyric mezzo-soprano who made such a big splash on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," is on a mini-tour in the U.S. She's only singing in two cities:
Tampa, Fla., and Fresno.
Chalk up another big name for Fresno Grand Opera.
Here's a rundown on Jenkins' Sunday concert at the Warnors Theatre:
Her American fame: "Dancing with the Stars" is a fun TV show. But just because Jenkins wowed a national TV audience with her skill and personality last year on the show, it doesn't mean Americans should think of her first as a dancer.
Jenkins is a classically trained singer. In her native United Kingdom, she's a household name the same way Andrea Bocelli is in the U.S. -- a performer adept at crossing over from opera arias to pop songs and musical theater. "Dancing with the Stars" turned out to be her big entry into the American market.
Her story: Born in 1980, she won several singing competitions as a girl and twice won the BBC Radio 2 Welsh Choirgirl of the Year contest. According to the BBC, she modeled before deciding on a singing career, and in 2003 first gained national recognition when she sang at Westminster Cathedral during a program honoring Pope John Paul II's silver jubilee. Six of her seven albums reached No. 1 on the classical charts between 2004 and 2008, and she became the first British classical artist to achieve two No. 1 albums in the same year, the BBC reported.
How she got to Fresno: Jenkins was scheduled to appear on stage for Fresno Grand Opera with Andrea Bocelli in 2009, but she got sick and had to cancel. Since then the opera has been following her career, says general director Ronald D. Eichman, and wooed her for this concert date.
The concert: Just like her path to fame, Jenkins' program in Fresno will be a classical and pop-oriented crossover program. Included in her 20-piece lineup will be arias from "Carmen" and, appropriately enough, "I Could Have Danced All Night" from "My Fair Lady." She will be accompanied by the Fresno Grand Opera Orchestra, which also will offer several instrumental-only pieces.
The vibe: Eichman says Jenkins' gracious demeanor, along with the accessibility of the program, will make this a "charming, elegant affair."
The details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Warnors Theatre, 1400 Fulton St. fresnograndopera.org, (559) 442-5699. $29.50-$109.50.
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