I was born in Neath, South Wales to a Welsh mother and Italian father. Music was all around me as a child as Wales has a great tradition when it comes to music and singing in particular. My father always played opera records at home so I grew up listening to all these great operatic singers and at times I would find my self trying to imitate and sing along with Pavarotti and Mario Lanza.
One day I was in my bedroom and I began to sing, the window must have been open as a little later the next door neighbour who happened to be an avid member of the local choir came round to ask my parents if I would be interested to attend the village mixed choir, I did go a few times but it didn’t last long as my friends would always turn up outside the local community hall and poke fun at me.
I was never really academic but somehow managed to make my way to University and ended up working for a bank in the City of London. After a few years however I was pretty unhappy with the routine and just found the whole process very unrewarding, I felt as if something was missing but didn’t know exactly what.
Whilst working in London I lived in Blackheath and on my way to work I used to walk past a Conservatoire of Music. I decided to enquire about singing lessons and this was the beginning. It was the start of something quite different. I attended for a year or so and then decided to further my vocal training with a teacher in London. My voice by then had started to develop and mature and it was at this point that my teacher suggested that I consider entering a competition-perhaps one in Wales and this was the real turning point. I entered for the under 30 vocal solo competition at the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen. To my great surprise I came second!
Inspired by this I took a leap into the unknown and auditioned for a place at the Royal College of Music. This was no easy decision as I was leaving a full time job with the security of having a monthly salary. However I was accepted and started my new life.
It was at this time that I realised just how little I knew and how hard I was going to have to work if I wanted to fulfill my dream of a career in Opera. My first big opportunity came when I was introduced to the world renowned Welsh tenor, Dennis O’Neill who was to be become my teacher and mentor. He was enthusiastic about my potential and offered me a place at his ‘Cardiff International Academy of Voice’. The time I spent under his tuition set me on the road to success after some ups and downs I’m happy to say that finally I can see some light at the end of the tunnel. I am travelling the world and singing with some amazing people. I learn something new every day, whether in a rehearsal room or on stage, and yet I know that I am only just beginning this amazing journey.