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Elizabeth Marvelly to tour with Paul Potts


Elizabeth Marvelly to tour with Paul Potts

New Zealand's stunning new international star ELIZABETH MARVELLY has been signed to tour with
Britain's Got Talent opera phenomenon PAUL POTTS.

News of the tour comes on the same day as Elizabeth -- signed to EMI Classics London -- has launched her debut, self-titled album in Auckland.

"I am delighted to have been asked to tour with Paul," says the 18-year-old Rotorua star.

Dates for the Paul Potts tour are:
April 6 Chch Town Hall
April 8th Wellington MFC
April 11th Rotorua Events Centre
April 13th Auckland ASB Theatre
Bookings: Ticketek.

Elizabeth is available for interview. Please contact Sandra Roberts. Elizabeth's self-titled album is in stores on Friday.

Elizabeth has also been chosen to sing with Hayley Westenra in a very special summer concert at Matakana in February. Hayley and Elizabeth will perform at the Lakeside Charity Concert with Pavarotti protege Shaun Dixon and the full 80-piece Mauakau City Symphony Orchestra to raise money for the Matakana Music Charitable Trust.

Over the next few months, this exceptional teenager will enjoy audiences numbering in their millions. She will join a stellar lineup of stars at Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park in Auckland and the 60th Anniversary Smith City Santa Parade in Christchurch as well as the spectacular Carols by Candlelight in Sydney – one of the state’s biggest annual events.

For the Auckland event, to be held in the Domain on December 8 and expected to draw a crowd of around 200,000, Elizabeth will sing Hark the Herald Angels Sing while in Christchurch on December 2 she will sing three songs before hundreds of thousands of merry-makers lining the street.

Additionally, she will entertain an A-list of Hollywood stars in Hong Kong during jeweler to the stars Michelle Ong’s annual variety gala on December 16. The gala will celebrate the premiere of Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig’s latest blockbuster, The Golden Compass and with stars including Glen Close, Kate Winslett, Dakota Blue Richards and Eva Green known to be on the guest list.

Elizabeth is being hailed as the new singing sensation, and it appears justly so. Only three New Zealanders have had international recording contracts with EMI Classics in the last ten years, Elizabeth being the third and most recent.

Under the astute guidance of Gray Bartlett MBE and NZEA Ltd, whose stable of discoveries include Hayley Westenra, Yulia, Ben Morrison and Will Martin, Elizabeth was presented to EMI (UK) President of Classics and Jazz, Costa Pilavachi, as the face and voice of the future, in cross-over classical-pop.

"Elizabeth Marvelly has the excitement and wide-range of talent to very quickly be a world star," says Bartlett.

“Her abilities range from acting, drama, public speaking through to singing and stage. She is my greatest discovery yet.”

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With Paul Potts new album “One Chance” recently debuting Number One in both the UK and New Zealand, audiences will be lucky enough to hear the man himself when he tours throughout the country in April 2008.
The rich, powerful and mesmerizing voice of rising star Paul Potts has touched the hearts of millions since his win on TV’s hot new talent show “Britain’s Got Talent” in June. His hauntingly beautiful rendition of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma stunned the shows judges and audiences alike, leaving many moved to tears.


- An exceptional 18-year-old from Rotorua.

- Decided she wanted to be a performer after seeing Phantom of the Opera in Auckland at age 8.

- At age 13, she began singing lessons in Auckland. This saw she and her father Brett drive to Auckland from Rotorua every Sunday for three years

- Granted a scholarship to Kings College. There she has become head of her boarding house, school prefect, captain of the girl’s cricket and soccer teams.

- She has just finished her university entrance exams while recording her album and has been assessed with a grade point average of 93%.

-  She is the niece of Sir Howard Morrison

- Has been mentored by Dame Malvina and Sir Howard Morrison

- Recently won the Variety Artists "rising star" award.

- Will perform at the premiere of Nicole Kidman's latest movie The Golden Compass in Hong Kong next month.

- Will perform at Christmas in the Park in Auckland, the Christmas Parade in Christchurch, Carols by Candlelight in Sydney, enjoying audiences in their millions over the next month

- Her album will be presented internationally by EMI Classics London in February.

Biography for Elizabeth Marvelly
Elizabeth Marvelly is a young woman of rare talent: this eighteen-year-old is being hailed as the new singing sensation, and it appears justly so. Only three New Zealanders have had international recording contracts with EMI Classics in the last ten years, Elizabeth being the third and most recent.

The beautiful teenager knew from a very young age that she wanted to perform.

Now the schoolgirl from New Zealand is living her dream, inspired by everyone from operatic greats through to All Black heroes.

The talented “popera” singer was hand-picked and moulded by several of New Zealand's most celebrated performers including the man who masterminded the early careers of her international contemporaries Hayley Westenra and Yulia Townsend.

Elizabeth was virtually born into the business, her parents Brett and Vlasta Marvelly innkeepers at Rotorua’s majestic Princess Gate Hotel – a historic boutique hotel built in 1897 and frequented by a who’s who of personalities in their 21 years of ownership. Having started playing piano at age four, Elizabeth has fond memories of jazz great Dr Jazz (Dr Neil McKenzie) staying at the hotel and she sitting on his knee for a jam session on the grand piano.

Over the years, a stream of musicians, entertainers and personalities have made their way to the hotel and have been a valuable resource on which this young performer has been able to grow. Rock bands, musical theatre icons and rugby hero Jonah Lomu have given her inspiration to follow her dreams. She has sung for the Prime Minister and Governor General.

Throughout her young life, Elizabeth has always strove to put her best foot forward in all endeavours.

It was a dedicated girl who at thirteen drove with her father three hours from Rotorua to Auckland every Sunday for singing lessons. This kind of dedication has become a huge part of Elizabeth’s life and has allowed her to follow her dreams of becoming a professional singer to the highest level.


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