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Our ‘opera’ tip for the Grand National

We hear that Katherine Jenkins, described as an ‘opera singer’ has been booked to sing the National Anthem at the Grand National, which calls itself ‘the world’s most famous horse race’. The booking is not conditional on singing the right notes. Here’s what happened at Epsom last year. Will they – and she – never learn?


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  1. And we thought the horse jokes were coming to an end. Will she be sponsored by Findus? Katherine Jenkins is no more an opera singer than I am a ballet dancer.

  2. John Soloninka says:

    I think the mean-spirited posts of the prior Epsom article really display a snobbishness that puts classical music supporters in a VERY bad light. You all sound like you are green with envy at Jenkins success without having to achieve the so-called, and to most, imperceptible perfection you describe.

    I am a classically trained violinist. I do not think that Andre Rieu or Lucia Miccarelli are in the same class as Vengerov or Ehnes or a zillion others. However…the overall impact of having a lovely lady sing the national anthem as well as Rieu plays Strauss or Miccarelli plays the open of the Sibelius (before dropping onto pop-rock)….is the same. Get over it ladies and gents….your esoteric criticisms are as perceptible as fly shit on the sun! The audience loves the effect and result, and would not notice any difference if it were Jenkins, Forrester, Battelle or Bartolli under the same circumstances. Oh…and in her prime…do you not think that Kathleen Batttelle would be just as likely to wear the same type of dress…and be equally as fetching as Jenkins?! And would you have criticized the dress if the voice met your standards? I think not!

    I do not choose to watch Rieu or Miccarelli (she of the bare feet, with theatrical eyes while vibrating widely playing a single note, with wistful looks over to Josh Groban making every man in the audience think less than pure thoughts!) But guess what….I will defend peoples’ right to love the effect He and she evoke in the audience! Dump your snobbish BS and try to learn what their keys to success are…and do one of two things: 1) mimic them if you want similar success…or 2) don’t, but don’t complain that a performance of Beethoven Op131 does not draw as many fans as Lucia Miccarrelli!!!!!!!

    • Oh…for goodness sake.
      There are people in this world who don’t like Katherine Jenkins, Andre Rieu et al.
      Not out of envy or jealousy, or snobbishness or elitism.
      But simply because they don’t like the music and because they feel the likes of Jenkins, Rieu et al actively do a disservice, not only to the hundreds and thousands of infinitely more talented singers and musicians around in the world of classical music, but also to the composers as well.
      Jenkins isn’t an opera singer and never will be.
      Deal with it.

  3. Jellyroll Brahms says:

    Everyone is free to have an opinion. However, there are facts involved here – KJ is not an opera singer – end of argument.

  4. I think we need to lighten up and realise some people who we think don’t deserve to get places. It happens in every walk of life. These people are not putting better musicians out of work because people who listen to KJ with enthusiasm simply will probably not listen to the better musicians anyway. So good luck to her, I say, along with everyone else of limited talent who makes it. We don’t show ourselves in a good light by making snide remarks.

    • John Soloninka says:

      Agreed….and more economically stated that my post! I just find the hectoring of KJ misplaced. And I don’t disagree with Jellyroll Brahms, KJ is not an opera singer…but who cares? Anyway. Nuff said from me.

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