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Night at the opera; / Wrexham Symphony Orchestra and (inset) Anne Williams-King in a previous role as Maria Callas.

A NIGHT at the Opera will also mark the 20 year-residence of Wrexham Symphony Orchestra at the William Aston Hall.

On February 24, the ensemble will be joined by members of the North Wales Opera Studio (NWOS), founded by esteemed soprano, Anne Williams-King.

Born and raised in the town, Anne, and partner David Bartleet - voice coach and co-founder of NWOS - are looking forward to the performance and bringing some of the country's best young singers to the University.

"We are working with some incredibly talented artists, including tenors Lewis Quinn and Nicolas Buxton," said Anne.

"Sopranos Rachel Marsh, Zena O'May, Thailand's Organ Prawang and Karen Davies, and mezzo-soprano Lorna Kettle, baritone Jordan Harding-Pointon and high-soprano Michelle Rotheray - from Minnesota - will also be appearing.

"It's a superb group who will be accompanied by renowned pianist Marco Belluzzi, from Bologna, and we are all very much looking forward to joining Wrexham Symphony Orchestra on this special occasion.

"As well as David and myself, I must also mention Debbie Lea, who is an invaluable member of the NWOS team, directing and coaching, as well as tutoring the students on linguistics - it's a close knit group, and we are all looking forward to the event."

Having performed at opera houses all over Europe, Australia, Japan, the USA and South America, Anne is one of the UK's most established stars.

She began her singing career as a 17 year-old at the National Eisteddfod, where she won the David Lloyd Memorial Prize, and came third in the Cardiff Singer of the World contest in 1985.

She studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and her star has risen significantly over the last three decades.

Along the way Anne has battled and beaten ovarian cancer and is now carving out a path as one of Wales' most successful vocal teachers.

Admitting to still getting nerves, even when she herself is not on stage, Anne added: "I get more nervous watching the students than I did when I was performing, as you can only stand and watch, but they're all very good.

"It's also terrific experience for them and the first time many of them will have sang with a live orchestra.

"It's going to be a magical and momentous night, so for us to be involved is a real honour."

The gala celebration will feature pieces from 10 of the most popular and well-loved operas, including Carmen, Madame Butterfly, The Magic Flute and Tosca.

The third concert in the Orchestra's 49th concert season, it also marks 10 years since Wrexham Glyndwr gained University status.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Maria Hinfelaar, said those in attendance will be part of an evening to remember.

"The concert is going to form a key part of our 10th anniversary celebrations," said Professor Hinfelaar. "We are so thrilled to have the orchestra and opera singers coming together in collaboration, and the programme looks absolutely magnificent. It's going to be a real treat for the audience at the William Aston Hall, which will be a sell-out on the night."

Tickets have almost sold out, so anyone interested in attending has been advised to book now. Call 0844 888 9991 or visit www.glyndwr.ac.uk/en/Events/allevents

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