A Newport woman hailed as having a “beautiful soprano voice” and who toured the UK performing, has died aged 77.

Gabrielle Rose Capus of Ridgeway, Newport, was well known in the city after teaching music at schools including Glasllwch Primary. She also toured with the Welsh National Opera Company and sang at the Prince of Wales' investiture in 1969.

Miss Capus died on March 17 after a series of illnesses.

She moved to Newport with her family in 1933. Her parents Joseph and Mary were originally from Swansea, but became well-known in the city after opening grocery business J.B.Capus.

Miss Capus started secretarial training in Newport after leaving school. Her brother Joseph, who now lives in Canada, said: “Gabrielle was gifted with a beautiful soprano voice and we persuaded her to go for full-time voice training at Cardiff College of Music and Drama.”

She became a professional singer and performed in Welsh National Opera Company productions. She also sang at the opening of the Royal Festival Hall, London in 1951 and at Prince Charles’ investiture in Caernarfon.

Miss Capus taught at Risca Primary School and Glasllwch School as well as running a choir in the city.

Glasllwch Primary teacher Pat Harris said that Miss Capus was very much part of the community in Newport. She said: “She had a beautiful voice and helped the school win many prizes in musical competitions.”

She retired in the late 1980s. Miss Capus leaves behind brother Joseph Capus and sister Pauline Pledger.

Her funeral took place at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Friday.