1. Three operas you love most?
It keeps changing as I become more familiar with some and also discover new ones! Currently Pearl Fishers, unsurprisingly, Turandotand I think Bohèmeand Eugene Oneginare battling for third place.
2. Three favourite sopranos?
Ah, I don’t think I can do three! Jessye Norman, Angela Gheorghiu, Edita Gruberová, Montserrat Caballé, Maria Callas.
3. What do you do to relax?
Yoga, I love yoga. I’m also an avid gardener and star gazer.
Soprano Desiree Frahn
4. Most memorable musical experience as an audience member and why?
Barber’s Adagio for Stringswith the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in the Town Hall, 2003. Growing up in the country meant high-end, live classical performances were rare. I tagged along on another school’s music trip (there was unfortunately no senior music program at my school) and remember sitting shocked and motionless in the audience – completely transported, brought to tears by the sheer beauty of the music.
5. If you weren’t an opera singer, what would you be?
After high school I had a back-up acceptance into an astrophysics degree, in case I didn’t make it into the Conservatorium.
6. Three operas you could happily never hear again?