Belfast Telegraph

Viva La Diva tour books spot in city

By Maureen Coleman

Two of the biggest stars in the classical music world are on their way to Ulster.

Superstars Darcey Bussell and Katherine Jenkins are to team up for a new highbrow tour, which they plan to bring to Belfast next May.

The ballerina and the Welsh mezzosoprano will appear together in a song and dance extravaganza Viva La Diva.

A theatre tour kicks-off this weekend for a string of sell-out pre-Christmas dates.

But they will then begin a 2008 arena tour in May.

"We're really overwhelmed by the reaction and interest in our show. We never thought it would sell out so quickly and I am so thrilled that we are going to be able to perform it on a bigger scale next year," said Katherine Jenkins.

The show features songs written by Take That's Gary Barlow and costumes by designer Julien Macdonald, a close friend of Katherine's.

It will pay homage to some of the world's best loved divas down through the years and is rumoured to include tributes to none other than Audrey Hepburn and Doris Day.

It is understood the duo, who first met three years ago, came up with a plan about 15 months ago for a joint project that would allow them to experiment with popular theatre.

Katherine, who has sung for the Pope, is a former school teacher who signed the biggest deal in classical recording history in 2004 and became the fast-selling female opera singer since Maria Callas.

She has appeared in the soap Emmerdale as a special guest and is also the mascot of the Welsh rugby team.

Darcey Bussell danced with Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet before moving to Covent Garden.

She went on to become a principal at the age of 20.

Tickets for the arena dates go on sale at 9am on Friday.

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