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Is Katherine Jenkins Really an Opera Singer?

By Logan K. Young l.young@classicalite.com on Jun 14, 2013 08:02 PM EDT

A diva? Yes. A singer willing to take on the elements? Indubitably.

Faster than a speeding bullet? Well...probably not.

To be fair, though, Katherine Jenkins never said she was an opera singer. And next to the vocal likenesses of Maria Callas, Cecilia Bartolil, Joyce DiDonato, Elīna Garanča and Teresa Berganza, Ms. Jenkins couldn't be more right.

Now, Rossini's "Una poco voce fa" ("A voice a little while ago") from The Barber of Seville certainly isn't the easiest of arias to pull off.

In fact, even rarer talents like Diana Damrau and Beverly Sills have, occasionally, phoned it in.

To be fairer still, this Act I cavatina sung by Rosina in Dr. Bartolo's house was originally written in the key of E major for a mezzo-soprano voice. Of course, the tune's often transposed up a half-step so coloratura sops can show off their high Ds and Fs.

All the same, the viral vid above just compounds the many problems the once invincible Katherine Jenkins currently faces. Dropped by her record label, forced to sing for a buffet supper--Kath--here's hoping soon nobody will ask: "What became of you?"

Because unlike Jan Moir at the Daily Mail, all of us here at Classicalite would've done the same for you.

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TagsKatherine Jenkins, Opera, Maria Callas, Cecilia Bartolil, Joyce DiDonato, Elīna Garanča, Teresa Berganza, Death Cab for Cutie

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