Once upon a time, in a land far away…before the days of muddy boots and crisp sandwiches, I used to be a singer.  Sometimes, when the mood strikes and the veil lifts it happens again.  And then a whole world opens up and I wonder, why did I ever leave this?

This was my favourite party piece (note- this is not me but the wonderful Cecilia Bartoli).  Close your eyes and have a wee listen here.  Now google the words, and see if you would have guessed it anyway.  I love that line ‘Aprimi il peto, e vedrai scrito in core’ – Open my chest and see written in my heart’.  Amarilli e il mio amore – Amarilli is my beloved.

It’s so moving and powerful, and a truly incredible song to sing.  There is an overriding darkness to it, a sense of longing which is depicted beautifully in its musicality.  I always did say it’s much easier to sing sad songs than happy ones.  It is true you know.

Another piece I absolutely love is the Song to the Moon from Rusalka.  Simple, beautiful, elegant with a storming crescendo finish.  Divine.

Anyway, I started this ramble through pure excitement.  Today I just booked to see Carmen!  I was told that Glasgow has 5 theatres, and outside of London the Conservatoire is really one of the best in the UK (just going on what I’m told, no haters please!).  I didn’t have a clue, and felt myself ashamed at being so ignorant.

So here we go, after many a teenage year singing arias I had no maturity to understand or appreciate, I am going to see my first opera.  Really very exciting.

Here is a little taste of what’s to come:


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