That was when I realised that music is the most profound, magical form of communication there is.
Nobody inspired me more than Julie Andrews, who is a classically trained soprano herself.
To tell you the truth, I never listen to opera at home.
I do hope that our spring will be starting shortly and we will all be able to enjoy some sunshine again.
I do a lot of vocal hygiene.
I performed in Sydney some years ago for the Sydney Festival and I am just so pleased to be returning to the wonderful Sydney Opera House and also performing in Melbourne for the first time.
Music is there to access those dark emotional corners that we don't normally get too close to.
Opera is credible drama now, and it costs less than going to a football match. What have you got to lose?
I don't think I have ever met a single person who isn't moved by music of some kind.
I saw The Sound of Music when I was 10 and thought that it was the most beautiful singing I had ever heard.
The musical heritage of Yorkshire is deep and wide.
I would just like to say that opera is no longer about fat people in breastplates shattering wine glasses.
And woven into the fabric of this harsh existence was music.
Singing is an arduous business and it needs sacrifices.
I'm engaging my diaphragm as I'm speaking to you right now.
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