I would just like to say that opera is no longer about fat people in breastplates shattering wine glasses.
What people really should be able to be confident in is that the standards of music- making that classically trained musicians present is elite, it is the best and all of us as artists should be committed to that.
To tell you the truth, I never listen to opera at home.
Singing is an arduous business and it needs sacrifices.
I performed in Sydney some years ago for the Sydney Festival and I am just so pleased to be returning to the wonderful Sydney Opera House and also performing in Melbourne for the first time.
I don't just come from a musical family, but from a musical community.
As far as I was concerned the important thing was that the music was getting the attention as well as me so it was always a great way to get more of the public to connect with classical music, and opera particularly.
And woven into the fabric of this harsh existence was music.
I don't think I have ever met a single person who isn't moved by music of some kind.
I saw The Sound of Music when I was 10 and thought that it was the most beautiful singing I had ever heard.
I'm very pro presenting the best music I can to the widest audience possible.
Music is there to access those dark emotional corners that we don't normally get too close to.
One of the problems that we face through the media attention that these artists receive is that there has been an awful lot of talk about opera and classical music being elite and being for an elitist group.
That was when I realised that music is the most profound, magical form of communication there is.
I'm engaging my diaphragm as I'm speaking to you right now.