New Zealand-born opera singer Hayley Westenra hates being compared to Welsh star Charlotte Church, insisting she is a successful performer in her own right.

The 18-year-old accepts the similarity between their early careers - as pre-teens performing classical music - but resents being dubbed the "new Charlotte Church".

The rising star adds, "But I've never really found the comparisons a compliment. Not only are we different people, we're different performers."