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Rosie’s a Border diva

A CARLISLE woman is trying to sing her way to stardom after getting down to the final four in a prestigious ITV opera competition.

Thousands of hopefuls entered the competition, part of yesterday’s Alan Titchmarsh Show, to win a place singing alongside G4’s Jonathan Ansell in A Night at the Opera.

And 25-year-old Rosie Bell, who was born in Carlisle and lived here until she was 18, was one of the best.

Yesterday she survived an elimination sing-off, where four out of eight finalists went home empty-handed.

Now she must compete against the remaining three to try and snatch the exclusive six-week position touring with the operatic superstar.

The ex-Trinity School pupil said: “I entered the competition without a second thought.

“As an opera singer you take any random audition you can get. Some pay off and others don’t.

“This one definitely did.”

The heat was judged X Factor-style by opera greats including Jonathan Shalit, the man who discovered Charlotte Church. Having fought her way through, she will face a public vote in two weeks to choose two final candidates.

It comes after London-based Rosie performed in ex-Blur singer Damon Albarn’s Monkey, the opera that created the music for the BBC’s Olympic advertisements.

“I’m not nervous, just looking forward to it,” she said.

“I’m confident of my ability but you don’t know what’s going to happen. At the moment we’re at the rehearsal stage and it’s going well.”

The promising singer began performing while she was studying A-levels at Trinity School.

She attended Edinburgh University studying philosophy and English literature before heading to Trinity College of Music, in London, for two years.

Rosie said: “I’ve been singing since a teacher at Trinity got me into it.

“It took a few years for me to get serious about opera because it takes a while for your voice to mature and be suitable for this type of music, but I always knew this was going to be my career.”

If Rosie is successful in the show she will be performing in opera houses stretching from Aberdeen to London.

“Opera is very particular about what it likes when you go to audition but this could be my big break,” she said.

Viewers can catch the next round of the competition on The Alan Titchmarsh Show on September 15.


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