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Katherine Jenkins "devastated" after pulling out of International Eisteddfod

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Welsh singing sensation Katherine Jenkins has announced that she has pulled out of Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod on July 5th after receiving medical advice.

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

Katherine Jenkins to headline Llangollen 2016

This year's festival is underway this week - and it's just been announced that Katherine Jenkins will open next year's Llangollen Eisteddfod. The mezzo soprano will fulfil a lifelong dream with a performance of the opera Carmen.

Fiery gypsy: Katherine is excited about playing Carmen next year Credit: Ceidiog PR

The mezzo soprano says she's delighted to return to the iconic festival for the first time in six years.

She will perform a concert version of Georges Bizet's opera Carmen on the opening night of the 2016 Eisteddfod. The opera tells the tale of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier seduced by the fiery Gypsy.

I’m really excited as it something I always wanted to do. I studied Carmen at the Royal Academy of Music before I graduated. It’s special as it was written for a mezzo soprano.

I’ve always talked about doing this and it will be the first time fans will be able to hear all the arias in one evening.

I do usually include several operatic arias in my concerts but I have never condensed and performed all the arias from a single opera into one concert.

It’s something I’m really looking forward to; it’s always been a dream of mine to perform Carmen.

– Katherine Jenkins OBE

Tickets for the 2016 concert will be going on sale via the Llangollen Eisteddfod's website at 12 noon on Monday July 13.

OBE 'a special thing' says Katherine Jenkins

Katherine Jenkins dedicated her OBE to members of the UK's forces serving around the world.

The singer, who is also a trustee of the British Forces Foundation, described the honour as "a special thing."

My award was for services to music and charity, I definitely put most of that towards my work with the military and my charities like Macmillan (Cancer Support).

To be recognised for the things that I've done with the military is a really special thing for me and I feel it should be shared with all of them really, all our military personnel around the world.

It boosts morale, it shows them that the UK public really appreciate everything they do and think the world of them.

It's not a political thing, it's about showing support for the men and women - they go where they're told and they put their lives on the line, and I have massive admiration for that.

She said Prince Charles commented on her hat, saying he "loved the colour."

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