It is with regret that due to medical advice that Katherine Jenkins will no longer be able to perform the role of Carmen on July 5th at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. Katherine is absolutely gutted that she cannot fulfil her engagement and sends her apologies to her fans.
"I have been looking forward to and have been preparing for my return to Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod for many many months, not only because it is one of my favourite venues but because this was my opportunity to perform my dream role. I am devastated at the timing of this illness during the most crucial rehearsal period."
"Under the circumstances, I was delighted and thankful to learn that Kate Aldrich is available to step in and I am certain she will create a brilliant and wonderful evening for all. I just wish I could be there."
Katherine Jenkins: 'I came face to face with a great white shark in South Africa and loved it’
14 JULY 2017 • 4:42PM
How often do you travel?
A few years ago I was on a plane nearly every day, but that has all changed since having a baby. I once went to Moscow and back in a day so I could get back to my (22-month-old) daughter, Aaliyah. I try not to be away for long – and if I am, I take her with me. With flights and jet lag it can be difficult.
As a mother, what is your perfect holiday?
We’ve just returned from Rome, where I was performing – and it was lovely. There was lots of family time and relaxation by the pool during the day but also amazing culture. Of course Italy is very easy in terms of food, and Aaliyah fell in love with pizza there!
Your earliest memory of travelling abroad?
When I was little, we had a touring caravan so we would go to Tenby, the south of France and even 10 miles down the road. Because my dad died when I was 15, those are times I really treasure. After dinner we’d always play cards for pistachio nuts. It was very simple but we laughed so hard. I look back at that time fondly and think, gosh, we were all together. Your most relaxing destination?
Koh Samui in Thailand. I first went there in 2004, not long after the tsunami. It’s incredibly beautiful and the people were so friendly.
Have you ever been on safari?
Yes, a lot. The first time was in 2011 and it was like a safari version of Jurassic Park. Everywhere I turned, animals appeared, including a herd of 30 elephants walking one behind the other. I can’t wait to take my daughter, so I can watch her face as she sees her animal books spring to life.
Most adventurous travel experience?
Encountering a great white shark in South Africa. It had never appealed and I was quite fearful, but one of the girls in my group wanted to do it. It had been her lifelong dream, so I joined her. When we got into the cages, she was really nervous and froze whereas I had a great time. It was amazing how close up you could get to the sharks.
Where have you travelled for your volunteering work?
The first time I visited South Africa in 2011, I visited an orphanage for baby rhinos whose mothers had been killed by poachers. It was heartbreaking. Poaching is a worldwide crisis which is escalating. In the past few years, my husband Andrew (Levitas, the sculptor) and I have become involved with the charity Tusk, which has been funding and organising conservation projects across Africa since 1990. These are beautiful animals that we need to protect for the future.
In Britain, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire. It’s a romantic boutique hotel with an incredible dining experience; Andrew and I like to include a day at the Raymond Blanc cookery school. Abroad, it’s Ellerman House – a grand Edwardian mansion in Cape Town, transformed into a boutique hotel perched on a clifftop. I remember seeing pods of dolphins from there, which was magical. It’s also a great base for visiting Kruger National Park, the Kalahari and the Garden Route.
For shopping, New York, where my husband is from.
Katsuya in Los Angeles, which serves the most incredible Japanese food.
Best place for a drink?
Cé La Vi in Singapore, a bar on the boat-shaped rooftop of Singapore’s iconic casino resort, Marina Bay Sands. It’s the place for a glass of perfectly chilled champagne.
Apart from losing luggage, it was a trip to Gran Canaria where I didn’t like the resort I was staying in. I was told it was on the beach but it was halfway up a cliff! I don’t think I chose well so it was more a reflection on me than the place itself.
Best piece of travel advice?
If you can, try and use your travel experience to give back to others and make an impact on this world.
Any good travel health/beauty tips?
When flying, mix four parts water to one part fruit juice in a bottle. The juice mixture helps you stay more hydrated than pure water would – and the difference in my skin after a long-haul flight is very noticeable.
My iPad and iPhone, my camera, a good book, a great sunscreen, antibacterial hand gel, and a Lonely Planet guide book.
What do you hate about travelling?
Not being able to cook for myself. I’m a real foodie.
Moscow, Dubai, South Africa again – and a UK tour at the end of the year.
Katherine Jenkins is a patron of Tusk and a judge of the Avios Do More for Africa competition where the prize is a two-week volunteer stay in southern Africa. To enter, go to more-for-africa.avios.com.