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Soprano to sing Euro 2008 anthem

Natasha Marsh
Marsh will tour with Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts this summer

Welsh opera singer Natasha Marsh will sing the theme tune for ITV's coverage of the Euro 2008 football tournament.

The 27-year-old soprano has recorded the Queen Of The Night aria from Mozart's opera The Magic Flute.

"I was delighted to do it," she said. "I love the passion, beauty and power that football and music share."

She follows in the footsteps of Luciano Pavarotti, whose rendition of Puccini's Nessun Dorma was used to accompany the BBC's coverage of the 1990 World Cup.

Marsh's debut album Amour went straight in at the top of the UK classical charts last year.

The aria is said to be one of the most demanding in opera because it requires sopranos to hit a high F6 note.


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