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Funeral service of Dame Margaret Price in Pembrokeshire

Dame Margaret Price
Image caption Dame Margaret Price had a 'beautiful, luminous voice'

Admirers of the late opera singer Dame Margaret Price, who died last month aged 69, have attended her funeral.

Dame Margaret, considered one of the world's leading sopranos, passed away at home near Cardigan, Ceredigion, where she had retired after a singing career at venues around the world.

She made her operatic debut with Welsh National Opera in 1962.

The service was held at Parcgwyn crematorium, at Narberth, Pembrokeshire.

Dame Margaret's career saw her perform in venues including the Royal Opera House in London, New York, Vienna, Paris and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

Born into a musical family in Blackwood, Caerphilly county, she was described as having "one of the most beautiful, luminous voices ever to grace the opera and concert stages."

She was encouraged to sing by her family, although her father was against a career in music.

Image caption Dame Margaret catapaulted to fame overnight

Music scholarship

In her youth she rarely competed at Eisteddfodau - Welsh cultural festivals in which singing plays a major role - and dreamt of becoming a biology teacher.

But on her music teacher's recommendation she went to London to sing for conductor Charles Kennedy Scott.

A scholarship to study with him at the Trinity College of Music followed when she was 15.

Following her Welsh National Opera debut, she became famous overnight when she stood in for Teresa Berganza at the Royal Opera House.

At this point, she was still singing mezzo, but her voice was developed into a soprano and within a few years she was in huge demand.

She was awarded the CBE in 1982 followed by the DBE in 1993.

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