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The Opera Pod

Nov 25, 2021

Brought up by his single mom to a musical, church-going family, Roderick’s first instrument – a snare drum – arrived in its JC Penney cardboard box, which he carried the drum around in until they found a second-hand case in a pawn shop. While training to become a music teacher, a professor suggested he become a...


Nov 18, 2021

Classical, Jazz, Funk and R&B were all embraced in Andrea’s Massachusetts household growing up, and with music already very much in the family, choosing it as a career was an easy decision. From Aspen Music Festival and Eastman School of Music, to studying in San Francisco with Blanche Thebom, Andrea has gone on to...


Nov 11, 2021

Transgender opera singer Breanna Sinclairé felt trapped in the Tenor repertoire where she had never felt at ease, and finally told her teachers that she would be physically transitioning, to their complete astonishment. She became the first trans woman of the opera programme at San Francisco Conservatory of Music,...


Nov 4, 2021

As a young girl, Anna ensured her playdates were only at houses with pianos, until her parents finally gave in and bought one just for her. Unaware that she could make a career from singing opera, her early path took her via Leeds University and au pairing in Italy, before she found an unexpected route to training at...


Oct 28, 2021

After a car journey listening to Carmen tapes on repeat, on to failing his Grade 8 flute three times (despite the efforts of Mr House, his peripatetic teacher) Kit decided to put music on hold for a while. From dipping into careers as a chef and a mental health worker, to studying Politics and Society part-time, Kit...