C.J.-4 from Ireland
21 April 2013
This engaging series ran for two seasons.
The first was entitled 'popstar to operastar' and the second 'soapstar
to operastar'. With that, there were few derivatives left - 'sportstar
to operastar' perhaps? Myleene Klass presented extremely well with a
slightly over-polished performance and the two main judges were
Katherine Jenkins and Rolando Villazón - both superb performers but, as
always Rolando's voice was like a perfectly tuned instrument.
It's a shame the same couldn't be said for the participants, though
there were several surprises - notably Claire Richards and Darius
Danesh (the former from the successful pop group 'Steps' and the latter
third in Pop Idol). It was a lovely series but, alas, any series
founded on the premise of trying to get non-opera singers to sing opera
was always going to have quality issues with the performances.
I personally enjoyed the series and would have welcomed a third and
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