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After years of avoiding opera, I fell in love

Roslyn Dee


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The Mussorgsky State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in St Petersburg , Russia

The Mussorgsky State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in St Petersburg , Russia

The Mussorgsky State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in St Petersburg , Russia

An opera singer lives in my apartment block, one apartment over from me, and two floors up. I hear him practising occasionally, and all it takes is the initial sound of his wonderful tenor voice cutting like crystal through the air to make me throw open the door to my terrace so that I can hear him more clearly. It’s a sound that never ceases to lift my spirits.

In the wake of the untimely death of opera singer Cara O’Sullivan last week, I have been playing a lot of opera music these past few days. I’m no expert, mind you, when it comes to the finer points of this particular musical genre; I was in my late 30s before I discovered the joy of it, thinking throughout my teens and 20s that it was too elitist. How wrong I was.


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