Viva la Diva (Darcey Bussell and Katherine Jenkins)

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Viva la Diva
Video by Katherine Jenkins & Darcey Bussell
Released 10 November 2008 (2008-11-10)
Genre Classical
Label Warner
Katherine Jenkins chronology
Katherine in the Park
Viva la Diva

Viva la Diva is an operatic ballet show by Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins and prima ballerina Darcey Bussell, CBE. In the show Jenkins and Bussell pay homage to past 'divas' and idols, including Doris Day, Edith Piaf [the French cabaret singer] (who died in 1963), Marilyn Monroe (who died in 1962), Maria Callas (who died in 1977), Fred Astaire (who died in 1987), Audrey Hepburn (who died in 1993) and Moira Shearer (who died in 2006). Choreographer Kim Gavin directs.[1]

The object of the show was to primarily swap talents. Bussell and Jenkins sang and danced respectively. In an interview, they reported it as being 'so, so much fun', but completely new territory for both of them. The show's 17 date tour around the UK was a sellout.[2]

The show was not received favourably by The Daily Telegraph's reviewer.[1]

The DVD of the concerts was released on 10 November 2008,[3] and was filmed at the O2 Arena London. The DVD also includes bonus interviews with Jenkins and Bussell. The idea of the show came from Steven Howard, who also produced it.[2]


  1. ^ a b Crompton, Sarah (28 November 2007). "Viva La Diva: Passions turn to pastiche for Darcey Bussell and Katherine Jenkins - Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Brandle, Lars (21 November 2007). "'Viva La Diva' Dates Scale Up For Arenas". Billboard. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Paine, Andre (20 October 2008). "Opera Star Jenkins Signs 360-Degree Warner Deal". Billboard. Retrieved 20 November 2012.