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Ticket to stardom

19 November 2008

A University opera student has landed a leading role with the Welsh National Opera after telephoning to book tickets for one of its gala concerts.

Instead of buying tickets, Adriano Graziani, a student at the prestigious Cardiff International Academy of Voice was asked if he would step in for the leading tenor, who had called in ill.

Following the performance, he was offered the role of Rodolfo in Puccini’s opera La Boheme.

Adriano, who grew up in Trebanos, South Wales said: "It was my dream to perform with the Welsh National Opera. I’m really looking forward to it."

The Cardiff International Academy of Voice is a unique institution offering students bespoke coaching by world operatic experts chosen to suit each student’s individual needs. The Academy is led by world-renowned tenor Dennis O’Neill and students are selected from among the most talented budding professionals in the world.

Adriano is one of 12 singers currently studying at the Academy. He will take to the stage in the Welsh National Opera’s production of La Boheme in the summer of 2009.