Opera star Katherine Jenkins reveals how motherhood shapes her performances

Opera star Katherine Jenkins has admitted she is a “disaster” whenever she leaves her baby daughter Aaliyah.

The singer gave birth to her first child with husband Andrew Levitas a year ago and said her desire to be with her baby would rule her out of any of the reality shows she is frequently offered.

She told the Press Association: “Family has always been important to me but I’ve been able to go off on tour for three months at a time in the past, it was quite free spiriting but now I choose where I’m going to be able to perform based on how long I would be away from her or whether I could take her with me.

“I miss her so much and want to always be with her.”

She added: “The tours are shorter now but I’m excited to share all this with my daughter and I want her to grow up with arts and music and see her parents are passionate about something and dedicated to an art form.

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“She will do what she wants though, I have no influence on that.”

Katherine, who once worked as a singing teacher, said she would not be averse to teaching her daughter if the opportunity arose.

She said: “My mum was amazing with us, she gave us this talk saying ‘You can be whatever you want, your future is decided by the amount of hard work you put in’.

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“They never pushed and I will just see what she wants us to do. If she asks me for help singing one day I’m sure I would but it’s a long way off.”

But she said her daughter is already showing a musical sensibility, revealing: “She is copying my warming up, she has heard me doing it so now she does little trills, singing scales on a trill because she’s heard me doing it. She’s awesome.”

Katherine revealed she said a firm “No, thank you” to the numerous offers she receives to appear on various reality shows “every year”, adding: “I would miss her too much, I’m a disaster every time I leave her.”

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But Katherine did say she would be keen for a theatre run that would keep her in one city.

She said: “If it was to do something in the West End or Broadway it would be in one place and that would be nice.”

The mezzo-soprano said she was also keen to work on a Disney film or a movie soundtrack, adding motherhood had changed the way she saw her own music, revealing: “It makes me feel more emotional and I sing songs now and get really teary, I view the lyrics in different ways.

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“This Mother’s Heart was written for the Queen’s 90th birthday but the lyrics are something I could sing to her and she came into the studio with me when I recorded it.

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“I haven’t performed it out of the studio because I don’t think I would get through it because I would cry.”

Katherine, who is backing a new campaign from Activia to help women become in sync with their mind and body, added: “When I go on stage I want to feel like I have everything in check – feeling prepared, having had the time physically to tune up, feeling good in myself and emotionally had the time with my husband and my daughter and have been a good Mummy, that’s when I can do my best.

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“A few nights ago I was in her room at the end of the day feeding her bottle and reading her book and in that moment it was so blissful I thought, ‘The next time I get a stressful email I need to remember this moment’.”

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