I have just reached the end of my studies at Birmingham Conservatoire. I begin on the Dennis O Neill programme in Cardiff next October. I have often been asked by friends who know very little about opera what it is I like about it. I love melody, whether it be with solo piano or orchestra. I was encouraged to sing different genres of music from a young age. In my teens I was introduced to classical music. At first I was attracted to only the melody of a song but then I became aware of how I could combine text with melody to make music come 'alive'. I became interested in entering my own imaginative world, to go beyond the directions on the score and give the text a life and meaning, not just for myself but for others listening too. What I love about opera is that you can physically move (act) to fully express these ideas brought to you from the libretto. People go to opera not to listen but to see a show. With the help of a director, a set, props and costume we become singing actors. There is no need to search ones imagination, the spectacle is brought to the those participating and watching.