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Lesley Garrett

Lesley Garrett CBE is an English soprano singer, musician and broadcaster.

Her music career started at the Royal Academy of Music, where she won the Decca Prize of the Kathleen Ferrier Award in 1979. She has worked as a principal soprano at the English National Opera and has performed across the world. To celebrate the Millenium, she sang opera and pop classics with Bryan Ferry, The Eurythmics and Mick Hucknall at the Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum.

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Lesley Garrett

Lesley Garrett Overview

Lesley Garrett CBE is an English soprano singer, musician and broadcaster.

Her music career started at the Royal Academy of Music, where she won the Decca Prize of the Kathleen Ferrier Award in 1979. She has worked as a principal soprano at the English National Opera and has performed across the world. To celebrate the Millenium, she sang opera and pop classics with Bryan Ferry, The Eurythmics and Mick Hucknall at the Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum.

In 2005 she toured with the Welsh National Opera’s production of The Merry Widow, playing the lead role of Hanna Glawari. In 2006 she played Mother Abbess in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s revival of The Sound of Music and in 2008 played Nettie Fowler in Carousel on its UK Tour and stint in the West End’s Savoy Theatre.

She has released eleven solo albums, with Soprano in Red receiving the Gramophone Award for Best-selling Classical Artist of the Year. In 2002 Garrett was awarded the CBE for her services to music.

Garrett has performed at several FA Cup Finals, including the 2000 Final, the 2007 final at the new Wembley Stadium alongside Sarah Brightman, and the 2008 final alongside Katherine Jenkins. She ang the British national anthem on the Champs-Élysées in Paris in 2012 after Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour de France.

In 2004, Garrett participated in Strictly Come Dancing, finishing third with dance partner Anton du Beke. This same year, she took part in the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? In 2005 she judged the BBC’s Comic Relief Does Fame Academy and hosted and sang at the Classical Brit Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on ITV. A regular panellist on Loose Women between 2006 and 2010, in 2008 she presented the show Lesley Garrett’s 20 Operas to See Before You Die on Sky Arts and the Sunday morning BBC 1 programme Christmas Voices. 2010 saw her join the panel on Five’s The Wright Stuff and in 2011 to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton she presented a short BBC series called When Royals Wed.

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