Opera debut for 12 year old

Beth Lewin is taking part in Carmen at The Royal Opera House
Beth Lewin is taking part in Carmen at The Royal Opera House

A young Aylesbury High School student is performing at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

Bethany Lewin, 12, was plucked from a choir to win a place in the elite youth company to perform Carmen.

Less than 30 young students a year win the coveted places in the group and they go on to have free tuition from the world-renowned opera company.

Beth has been juggling schoolwork with evening performances of Bizet’s famous piece – lasting more than three hours – before travelling home to return to school the next morning.

Her proud mum, music teacher Ruth, said Beth relished her debut and now wants to pursue a career as an opera singer.

Beth, from Linslade, began singing with the South Bedfordshire Youth Voices choir when group director Susan Cox - who is also head of the Beds Inspiring Music programme for Central Beds Council, recognised her potential.

Ruth said: “You can only get an audition place by being sponsored and Susan put her up for it.

“It’s an incredible opportunity for her as only 30 children are taken each year.

“The idea is to spot potential and to nurture that with superb vocal training from their tutors.

“This is her first professional production on the Royal Opera House main stage and she’s been having to juggle school work with performances.

“Her school have been very supportive.

“Beth is having to sing in French and it’s absolutely amazing.

“We’re incredibly proud of her.”