Katherine Jenkins, Lynelle Kenned & Albert Combrink (Piano)

The complete broadcast of Lynelle’s interview and the duet performance.

As part of her quest in the “My Top Billing Dream” Presenter Search SABC3’s “Top Billing”, Lynelle Kenned, a classically trained opera singer, was given the task of interviewing the Welsh Mezzo-soprano Cross-over superstar Katherine Jenkins.

Earlier in the day Lynelle – a Soprano graduate of the UCT Opera School – performed the arias “O Mio Babbino Caro” from Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” and the Bach/Gounod “Ave Maria” in an interview/masterclass, which was filmed Live for SABC TV. Katherine Jenkins was so impressed with the performance that she agreed to perform a Duet with Lynelle, accompanied by Albert.

They perform the “Flower Duet” from the opera “Lakme” by Leo Delibes: (“Sous le dôme épais”) The opening section “Viens, Mallika, les lianes en fleurs” was edited out of the final broadcast and the duet is unfortunately shortened by the production team to fit into the time requirements of the insert.

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Presenters: Jonathan Boynton-Lee & Simba Mhere

To view the duet without the interviews, view http://youtu.be/ETn7V1K0uGg

Katherine Jenkins South African Tour 2012 – Cape Town August 2012

Lynelle Kenned, Albert Combrink, Katerine Jenkins Performing on “Top Billing”


Albert Combrink Performing on “Top Billing”


Eugene Khoza, Albert Combrink, Jeannie D recording for “Top Billing”

This picture is from the Master Class in the morning where Lynelle sang Puccini’s “O mio Babbino Caro” and the Bach/Gounod “Ave Maria” that impressed Katherine Jenkins so much that she invited Lynelle  to perform the Lakme Duet with her. My “audition” included an impromptu run of the duet. I didn’t have any music there and had to recall it from memory. A pianist’s life!

Lynelle Kenned, Katherine Jenkins, Albert Combrink: Master Class and Interview on SABC3’s “Top Billing “


Katherine Jenkins and Albert Combrink performing on “Top Billing”


Albert Combrink & Lynelle Kenned warming up for their performance with Katherine Jenkins on SABC TV3 “Top Billing “

Download Free Sheet Music: “Flower Duet” from the opera “Lakme” by Leo Delibes: (“Sous le dôme épais”) Delibes Flower Duet