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Cambuslang Teenager To Be An Opera Star


19/02/16






























A talented Cambuslang teenager is hoping to hit all the right notes when she attends a prestigious Italian opera school this summer.


Anna Heywood, of Kirkburn Avenue, is already making waves in the opera world after being the youngest person accepted to the Glyndebourne Academy last year.

And she’ll soon be showing off her incredible talent in Bari when she flies out to the Italian Opera Summer School in July after being spotted by Isabella Radcliffe, one of the UK’s best known opera coaches.


Eighteen-year-old Anna, whose trip is being funded by Cambuslang Rotary Club, admits the chance to study opera in Italy has surpassed her wildest dreams.

“It’s a really amazing opportunity. I’ve been to Italy with my family on holiday, but I’ve never done anything like this.

“I’m studying history and Italian at university so it will be a chance to work on my studies as well. I’m so excited, I can’t wait.

“The course is normally something that bridges the gap between a post graduate degree and becoming an opera singer, but because Isabella liked me she wanted me to come along. It’s such a tremendous honour.”

Anna is no stranger to plaudits. She has already impressed opera legends such as Mary King and Danielle de Niese in gaining entry to Glyndebourne, something she describes as “an absolute privilege.”

She added: “Most opera singers don’t develop until they are 21 so I am still extremely young. That’s why Glyndebourne was so important to me.

“You don’t reach your peak until you are about 40 because of the training required.”

Her trip to Bari will last from July 6 to 13 and will culminate in a performance for local residents.

Having discovered her talent at a young age, the former Hutchison Grammar pupil was spotted by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, something that opened a number of doors for her.

But Anna, who also plays violin, admits not everyone is impressed with her choice of musical path: “Sometimes when you tell people you sing opera, it’s almost like inverted snobbery, they feel it is just for a white collar crowd.

“You get people who have never explored that kind of music, maybe because it’s a different language.

“When you break it down, it’s an amazing art form. Once you understand it, it’s incredible.”

With Italy still a few months away, Anna will have plenty to keep her busy, especially her course at Glasgow University.

She’ll also perform for the Cambuslang Rotary who are sponsoring her for £250 of the £800 needed to go on the trip.

After completing her studies she hopes to post graduate course in music, possibly in Paris or Germany.

She added: “I’m so grateful to the Rotary club, I reached out to them not expecting anything and they’ve been amazing.

“This is what I want to do, it’s what I love and hopefully, this will help me along the way.”