RISING singing star Carly Paoli has made herself right at home in a village near Devizes and has shown she is no diva when it comes to meeting the locals.

Miss Paoli, 30, has moved to a ten bedroom mock Georgian home Wiltshire with her former lorry driver father Paul and Italian mother Tina and has already thrown herself into making friends - many of which are of the feathered and fury kind.

She had hardly finished unpacking when a villager knocked on the door and asked if she would support the nearby Caenhill Countryside Centre. On Friday evening she performed at a fundraising concert in St John's Church, Devizes for the charity which helps bring farming, agriculture, horticulture and rural crafts to children and young people.

But it was not enough for Miss Paoli to agree to perform she also decided to call in at the farm to meet organisers Chris and Helie Franklin and their volunteers.

She arrived looking glamorous but in sensible footwear and did not seem fazed by the huge array of animals, some of which were free range, that were keen to greet her.

Told that Cuthbert the goose liked to sing she also broke into an impromptu aria but unfortunately the bird was not playing ball.

Ms Paoli, who starting singing from an early age and has taken inspiration from her Italian roots on her mother's side, is now much in demand. She has met the Pope at The Vatican and shared a stage with opera legends including José Carreras, Andrea Bocelli and country star Carrie Underwood.

She said: "I am really enjoying living near Devizes. Everyone has been very friendly. I am away a lot but when I am here I feel very relaxed. At some stage I would like to add a garden room so I can feel part of the countryside when I am working on my music."

One of her first engagements after arriving in Wiltshire was to take a master class at Nursteed Primary School where she won many new fans.

This year she released a Christmas single and video for the Soldiering On Awards with My Christmas Dream Is You. Her mum is delighted that her daughter is supporting the military charity but also hopes it might help her meet a partner.

On the visit to Caenhill Countryside Centre her mum said, only partly in joke, in front of a rather embarrassed Carly: "It would be lovely if she could meet someone. She is so busy she has no time for romance."

Ms Paoli grew up in Mansfield but spent all her summers in Puglia, Italy where her extended family live.

She studied at The Tring Park School for Performing Arts and went on to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where she gained a degree in vocal studies.

Her career started to take off in June 2015 when she was invited to duet with Three Tenors legend José Carreras at Windsor Castle, for Prince Charles.

Ms Paoli said: "I was raised in the language of opera and surrounded by the soaring voices of sopranos like Maria Callas and musical legends like Gene Kelly and Judy Garland.

“I fell in love with classical music’s ability to bring to bring to life the most emotional stories with beautiful lyrics."