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Concert celebrates soprano's return; PREVIEW: Rosemary Joshua/BBC National Orchestra of Wales, St David's Hall, Cardiff.

CARDIFF-BORN soprano Rosemary Joshua will be performing in a homecoming concert this week.

The opera star will sing alongside BBC National Orchestra of Wales at St David's Hall.

The singer, who has a particular affinity for baroque and classical music, joins the orchestra following recent performances at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and La Scala.

Joshua, who last performed with the orchestra at their St David's Day gala concert last year, will join the musicians on stage on Friday for Mozart's motet Exsultate, Jubilate which ends with Mozart's much-loved Alleluia.

Joshua will also perform three of Mozart's concert arias written for soprano and orchestra - Chi sa, chi sa, qual sia; Vado, ma dove; and Alma grande e nobil core.

Joshua grew up in the Ely area of Cardiff and was educated at Glan Ely and Glyn Derw schools, where her love of music was fostered.

At the age of 15, she won a scholarship to Royal Welsh College Of Music And Drama and paid for her studies by working at Cardiff Market.

"I was chief ham cutter on John Griffiths' bread stall at Cardiff Market from 13 until 19," she once revealed.

"I used to sell bread and Welsh cakes and cut ham. I would be covered in flour and sticking to the floor because you were always standing on raisins."

While she went on to carve out a career internationally, she didn't make her debut with Cardiff-based Welsh National Opera until 2009 when she sung the role of Susanna opposite her close friend Rebecca Evans as Countess in The Marriage of Figaro.

This week's concert with BBC Now, conducted by Francois-Xavier Roth, closes with a performance of Richard Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra. Opening with a depiction of sunrise over a black world, the music is instantly recognisable as the iconic theme from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

| The concert takes place at St David's Hall, Cardiff on Friday at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced PS10-PS27.50, are available from the box office on 029 2087 8444, or online at stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk
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Date:May 22, 2013
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