Anna on song in French cap­i­tal

Opera singer makes her in­ter­na­tional de­but in Paris

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Cam­bus­lang opera singer Anna Hey­wood has en­joyed a sum­mer to re­mem­ber af­ter mak­ing her in­ter­na­tional de­but.

Tal­ented Anna starred in a pro­duc­tion of The Mar­riage of Figero in a theatre just out­side Paris ear­lier this month.

Her per­for­mance fol­lowed on from a stint in Italy at­tend­ing a pres­ti­gious opera school in Bari.

The Glas­gow Univer­sity stu­dent, who turned 19 while in Paris, played the part of Cheru­bino in the world­fa­mous pro­duc­tion.

Spo­rano Anna said: “It was a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Ev­ery­thing I am do­ing at the mo­ment is another step to­wards get­ting bet­ter and grow­ing as a per­former.”

Anna had got the part through a con­tact at the Glyn­de­bourne Academy, one of Bri­tain’s lead­ing opera schools.

She be­came the youngest per­son to be in­vited there last year and that has helped open doors for her as she looks to pur­sue a ca­reer in opera.

She has also re­cently been do­ing a course with the Bri­tish Youth Opera in Lon­don.

Ear­lier this year, we re­ported she was head­ing to the Ital­ian Opera School and she ad­mits the ex­pe­ri­ence lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions. “It was in­cred­i­ble. “Ev­ery­thing from the food, the weather to the cul­ture. I was sur­rounded by peo­ple who just spoke Ital­ian, which re­ally helped my lan­guage skills.

“We had a singing coach who was fan­tas­tic and the peo­ple were just lovely.

“The course was very in­tense. We were work­ing from 10am in the morn­ing un­til late at night, al­though we got a siesta as it gets very hot.”

The course con­cluded with a show put on by the pupils for lo­cals, and Anna ad­mit­ted to some nerves on the night.

“All the scenes were in Ital­ian and you are per­form­ing to an Ital­ian au­di­ence, but they re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated the per­for­mance.

“We per­formed in an old Ro­man am­phithe­atre which was just beau­ti­ful.

“It was very daunt­ing and a bit scary, but also very ex­cit­ing.”

Anna has also signed up with When In Rome, mu­sic pro­duc­ers who spe­cialise in the clas­si­cal cross­over genre. Work has even started on writ­ing mu­sic for a de­but al­bum, al­though she reck­ons that is some way down the line.

In the mean­time, she will con­tinue in her stud­ies in Ital­ian and his­tory next month.

She said: “It is tricky to fit ev­ery­thing in. I work as well, but when it is some­thing you love do­ing you will al­ways make time for it and I def­i­nitely make time for singing be­cause it is some­thing I adore.”

Anna has her own Face­book page where peo­ple can keep up to date with any shows. You can find her at www. face­book.com/an­na­hey­wood­of­fi­cial.

In char­ac­ter Anna as Cheru­bino in the Mar­riage of Figero and (in­set) Anna per­forms to an all Ital­ian au­di­ence at Mola di Bari

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