Top opera singer comes to Cellardyke

German opera star Vera Wenkert.
German opera star Vera Wenkert.

Performing to a home audience is Lundin Links’ very own opera star, who will be joined on stage by international soprano Vera Wenkert.

Charlotte Whittle (25), a former pupil of Waid Academy and professional opera singer, has been training in the dramatic art since she began lessons at the age of 13.

Charlotte White will peform with international opera singer Vera Wenkert at Cellardyke Parish Church on September 4.

Charlotte White will peform with international opera singer Vera Wenkert at Cellardyke Parish Church on September 4.

Although she’s not from a classical music background, her teacher at the time was an opera singer and introduced Charlotte to the genre.

“I just fell in love with it,” admitted Charlotte. “It is my passion and I’m very, very lucky to be able to work with my passion.”

“I am blessed enough to be able to fly over to Zurich once a month to study with international opera singer Vera Wenkert and this September she flies over to Scotland to put on a masterclass and concert with myself and five other young opera singers from across the globe.”

The unique occasion will be held at Cellardyke Parish Church with Reverend Arthur Christie on September 4 at 7.30pm.

Drop-in singing masterclasses will also be run on Thursday, September 3 and Friday, September 4 from 10am-3pm.

In the masterclass, Vera Wenkert, who has already sung 30 major roles on opera stages and festivals, will work with each singer on their stage presence.

Vera told the Citizen: “In a trustful and encouraging atmosphere I will together with the singers to develop their approach to their performing aria or song.

“I am dedicated to helping young artists and in the final concert on September 4, the singers will take the audience into a wonderful world of music and theatre by performing little opera scenes from well-known operas.

“I am honoured and really enthusiastic to meet the Scottish singers and Walter Blair and the Scottish audience.”

The German singer made her US debut in April as Isolde in Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde at Christ and St. Stephens Church in New York.

Charlotte said: “This is an opportunity for people who are not familiar with the genre to come and give it a go.

“Vera is not only amazing at teaching but she’s one of these women who walks into a room and it lights up. It’s a big deal for her to come here and do this.

“It’s going to be so much fun.”