Sydney Opera House

Why so many notes


Dominica Matthews, Rosina in The Barber of Seville and this month’s The Operative Word, would enjoy an opportunity to clarfily a few issues with Rossini...

Why do you do that job that you do? I love it. I couldn’t do it otherwise – it’s too hard!

Who has influenced you the most professionally? My singing teachers, especially my first teacher. She was the one who opened my eyes to the world of opera, and to the possibility that I could get paid to sing. Who knew!

Is there any other profession that you would have liked to have followed? I qualified as a Primary School teacher before studying opera full time, but it wasn’t for me. I think science would have been interesting, particularly Biology.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Watching a good movie with friends.

If you could have dinner with a historical figure, who would it be? Currently my choice would be Rossini because I’d want to know, “Why so many notes?”

What is your greatest extravagance? Shoes and handbags, to my mother’s alarm.

One thing you regret is…All the decisions I have made, both the good and bad ones, have brought me to where I am today. To regret doing or not doing something means altering the present and I wouldn’t do that for the world.

Who or what is the love of your life? My nieces and my nephew – they are the cutest children in the world, according to their biased Aunty Minnie.

What are you optimistic about? Life in general.

You would like to devote more time too…My family and friends

What is your favourite food? Anything that is bad for you! That would be chocolate, cakes, lollies… maybe I should have just written sugar.

What is your most treasured possession? The photos of my Dad (who passed away in 2009) and the last birthday present my godmother gave me before she died – it was a ring that she owned and gave me for my 18th birthday.

Which is the opera that got you hooked? I saw Bryn Terfel and Yvonne Kenny in Falstaff. I went home that night and told my Mum I could die happy.

Which opera do you never need to hear again?I don’t think I’ve heard an opera that I could NEVER hear again, but there are a couple that would require big gaps between viewings.

If there’s one quote that really speaks to you it’s…“When God closes a door, somewhere he opens a window”.

What is your idea of misery? Being forced to watch anything when the team I am barracking for is losing. Hence I could not continue watching the Ashes this summer.

You still hope to…have children of my own….. now I only have to find their father!

Which characteristics do you most admire in others? Honesty, a sense of humour, generosity, tolerance.

You feel guilty when you think about…eating my favourite foods.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? The volume of my speaking voice.

Who is your favourite band? Queen closely followed by Bon Jovi.

You spend too much money on…DvDs.

Your greatest achievement has been…moving to the UK on my own and surviving! It made me realise I can do anything if I put my mind to it AND put in the hard work.

The book everyone loved but you could not finish was...I don’t think I have ever not finished a book, no matter how terrible it was – I love reading.

What is your favourite kitchen appliance? My refrigerator – where would we be without them!

How do you stay up to date with new technology and trends? I ask [Opera Australia artist] Henry Choo.

Who is your favourite heart throb? Nathan Fillion in the TV show Castle.