Sydney Opera House

The Operative Word - Rosario La Spina


The Operative Word with Rosario La Spina

Why do you do the job that you do?I’ve had a passion for singing and performing since I was very young and when I realised that I had a chance in this profession, I put everything into it.

Who has influenced you most professionally? Mywonderful singing teacher Mr Joseph Ward OBE

Is there any other profession that you would have liked to have followed?Since I love making people laugh, perhaps something in the world of comedy.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Having a happy, healthy and stable home life with my beautiful wife (and God willing with a couple of little munchkins as well), and to continue performing the wonderful roles that I'm fortunate enough to be performing.

If you could have dinner with an historical figure, who would it be?Mozart – I’d like to ask him a million questions about music and composing, and I think he would be one cool dude to hang out with.

What is your greatest extravagance? Top quality restaurants.

One thing you regret is…No regrets!

If you could have any opera character as a friend, who would it be, and why?The Duke in Rigoletto would be a lot of fun to hang out with. He's rich and he’s got plenty of personality.

Who or what is the love of your life?My beautiful wife.

What are you optimistic about? I honestly am optimistic about everything. I like to think that things can only get better.

You would like to devote more time to…fishing and studying to get my boat licence. Nothing beats being out on the water.

What is your favourite food? Being a good Italian boy I would have to say fresh, homemade pasta. Especially lasagne...yummo!

What is your most treasured possession?My home, which I adore because it's right on the beach. I go to sleep with the sound of gently lapping waves and in the morning I am out there having a beautiful refreshing swim. Marvellous!

Which is the opera that got you hooked?As a kid I watched a Mario Lanza movie called The Toast of New Orleans, and at the end there is part of the wonderful Madama Butterfly duet. I was instantly hooked.

Which opera do you never need to hear again?The Marriage of Figaro. The music is lovely but I’ve seen a few of them.