Our awesome girl crush on Leona Lewis bloomed in 2008 after reading that she had turned down a 1.5 million dollar offer from Harrods' boss Mohammed Fayed to host a ceremony that would open the London department store's annual summer sale.
As a devoted crusader of animal rights, the British singer-songwriter scolded Harrods' for selling fur and issued a firm "no thanks".
Tabloid "newspaper" The Daily Mail carried a photo of "opera" "singer" Katherine Jenkins at the Ryder Cup opening ceremony in Wales, where the Welsh singer, according to The Daily Mail, was oggled by Tiger Woods.
The Daily Mail failed to report that only seconds later, Woods also was caught ogling the sky.
P[op(era)]tart Katherine Jenkins spoke to Milan's largest daily paper, Corriere della Sera today and seriously came up in here and tried to tell us that one day she dreams to sing a full opera (Cherubino in Le Nozze or Carmen) at Teatro alla Scala. Jenkins on phone to Lissner: "I don't give a
crap, I'm Katherine Jenkins. Make it happen."
The Welsh opera singer (who has actually never sung in an opera) but has already sold more CDs than Maria Callas says (all translations copyright Opera Chic, k tnx): "At the moment I'm doing different stuff, I'm singing opera arias and pop songs. But I've studied opera and I continue to study opera. To sing an opera in a theater without amplification, it was a dream of mine even before I got my record deal, and I always had the intent to do so. But it will happen when my voice is developed. It's still my dream to sing a complete opera like Carmen or Le Nozze (in the role of Cherubino) in a huge European theater like La Scala."
She goes on to name her top three opera inspirations: Placido Domingo ("Placido Domingo is my hero and mentor. I've learned from him to treat everyone with the same respect and kindness, from the most important person to the most humble."), Andrea Bocelli ("I think Bocelli is the voice of his generation, an artist like him happens only once in a million and for this his fans love him. I've always admired him. We've sung together many times before."), and Rolando Villazon, who she calls one of her best friends ("Rolando is one of the funniest men I've ever met...he always makes me laugh a lot. Thank goodness for From Popstar to Operastar or I would have never gotten to know him.") Don't make Trebs jealz!
She continued that she's a Skype junkie to keep in touch with her family and friends, and with Twitter she's able to keep in touch with her fans, "With Twitter, I can reply live from my cellular, I can see the reactions of my fans to a new video or song. I know that there are some of my colleagues who use their staff members to write those Twitter and Facebook messages instead, but I don't do that. [...] But then I confess that the only time I have left for myself is the time I spend on airplanes: no cell, no email. Up there, I am finally free."
The 2010 Brit Awards took place last night at London’s Earls Court Arena, a glamorous (but rain soaked, of course) gathering of British music talent. Naturally, Katherine Jenkins was there. The pOpera star wrangled herself an invitation and watched as Lady Gaga, Lily Allen, Jay Z, and Robbie Williams scooped-up awards.
We're disappointed that Pop Star to Opera Star Rolando didn't show up (because fellow judge Meatloaf did!!) But we're even more disappointed that Jenkins aired-out one of her old dresses at the paparazzi-saturated event. Yes, it's an Alexander McQueen, and yes, she wore it in homage to the British fashion designer who died last week. But as our style icon Anna Dello Russo says in her latest interview with NY Mag, "They took a picture? I cannot wear it anymore." As Fashion Director of Vogue Nippon, she knows what she's talking about.
The millionaire pOpera girl with the unlimited budget was photographed wearing the same McQueen dress in October 2008 to "The Quantum of Solace" UK premiere, although this time she paired it with Yves Saint Laurent 6-inch Tribute heels.
Click the link to be transported to Katherine Jenkins circa October 2008...
As reported here, ~opera star~ Katherine Jenkins is all over her new role as vocal coach, teaching eight pop stars how to sing opera in a reality show for British television. The challenge will turn the pop stars "into accomplished opera singers in the space of six weeks" and we're dying at the irony of Kay-Jay saddled with the role as mentor. Below is a clip from a short interview where Jenkins gives a few singing tips. That's right, Bergonzi, you can just go ahead and close your school, Accademia Verdiana. Jenkins will skool you on Verdi.
Now check out the HUGE 'FRO that Rolando Villazon is sporting in the show's official trailer:
ITV's new "classical reality show" named Pop Star to Opera Star will cast former opera singer Rolando Villazon and Montblanc spokesperson Katherine Jenkins as "mentors" of pop singers who want to go classic. Andrea Bocelli could join the show in a possible trifecta of cheesy awesomeness. The Daily Mail reports.
Damn baby, what'd you do to your hair? Since it's apparently the unofficial "Welsh People Out Doing Strange Things" hour on Opera Chic, enjoy some pap-shots of Welsh pOpera singer, Katherine Jenkins, at the Women of the Year Lunch in London.
"I've always faced prejudice. I'm a working-class girl from Wales. I have blonde hair and wear pretty dresses. There are a lot of people in the classical music world who absolutely loathe me. The critics slate me because I'm not what they consider the real thing. People expect a classical singer to be big and fat with Wagnerian horns on her head. Sorry, that's not me. It never was and I always knew my looks would be my advantage."
"I'm totally aware of how to market myself, totally aware of the effect of the way I look. And personally I'd rather see an attractive man playing Romeo than a big fat old man. Why can't opera singers look good? I don't get it. My aim was to make classical music popular. I get intimidated going to the opera and it makes me angry because it shouldn't be like that. But I'm doing my thing and I don't care what the critics think. I'd never let them get in my way."
As a blond haired, blue-eyed, middle-class white girl in a pretty dress, I've always faced prejudice. Hallelujah, time to take it to the streets. Life can't be that bad if you can wake up every morning, hop into your Audi, drop a few thousand sterling at Harrods on clothes and furniture for your multiple houses, and still get people to pity you.
Looking every inch a big hot mess, Britain's eligible social scene turned up for the GQ Men of the Year Awards at the Royal Opera House, and lucky for us, every B-list celebrity was photographed by the eager paparazzi. Understated and elegant as usual, self-proclaimed opera singer Katherine Jenkins showed-up in an iridescent purple dress, feet crammed into a pair of Alexander McQueen stilettos.
Jenkins joined Eva Mendes, Rachel Stevens (AINT NO PARTY LIKE A[N] S CLUB PARTY), Frieda Pinto, Mickey Rourke (who won GQ's 2009 "International Man of the Year" award), Liz Hurley, Kelly Osbourne, Yoko Ono (HBIC), Mariella Frostrup (OC's official girl-crushee) Tracey Emin, and Guy Ritchie in a drama-filled evening. The highlight of the night was an ostentatiously-trashed Kate Moss, who gifted the paparazzi with a spontaneous strip tease.
I guess this was the place to pick-up all those hawt British singles.
(Katherine Jenkin's too-small Alexander McQueens: ouch)
Click the link below for more photos of Katherine, a wasted Kate Moss, Head Byotch in Charge Yoko Ono, and Mariella....
Today was the first day of the Royal Ascot, a nearly 300-year-old summer tradition in England, where the Royal family squints at each other for a few hours & parades around a horse track in precarious hats, while getting hammered on flutes of Bollinger and watching their corgis urinate on their subjects' expensively handmade Cleverley shoes.
Not one to miss out on free canapés and paparazzi swarms, Katherine Jenkins was in attendance, though looking like she got kicked out of the Barbie Dream House circa 1985.
*click the link below, especially if you're a British-Royalty-[Excluding]-[Katherine]-[Jenkins]-[Cuz]-[She]-[Ain't]-[Royalty]-In-Wacky-Hats fetishist*
Wimbledon celebrated their brand new Centre Court, 15K-capacity stadium with retractable roof today in a jovial afternoon mixed doubles match between with husband-and-wife duo Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, Tim Henman and the recently un-retired Kim Clijsters.
On hand to sing at the opening festivities at the All England Lawn Tennis Club was OC's favorite pOpera tart, Katherine Jenkins. The crossover star showed-up in an electric pink lace sun dress and jeweled flip flops, and sang in duet with fellow crossover singer Faryl Smith -- who at 13-years-old stands a few inches taller than the 29-year-old Jenkins. Sucks for Jenkins! She should have borrowed a pair of platform flip-flops from Britney Spears along with that dress.
~Click on the magic link below for tons more pictures of Jenky from the event + Faryl + back-fat ~
Katherine Jenkins always emanated that ~Las Vegas lounge act~ kinda vibe, so we're happy to see that she's finally embraced it, replete with the prerequisite harpy green silk dress. Last night, Jenkins appeared in duet with producer/songwriter David Foster at Las Vegas's Mandalay Bay Opera Hotel, where she shared the stage with Philip Bailey of "Earth, Wind & Fire", Brian McKnight, and a handful of other washed-up cruise ship entertainers & American Idol flash-in-the-pans. What's up, pu$$ycat?