Does creating your own work help you generate more appeal from the major companies?
I’ve been lucky that the interest and publicity generated by my cabaret and music theatre work has been very encouraging and actually ended up building my profile in general, so it’s been positive for my opera work. I love all three genres – opera, music theatre and cabaret – and don’t put one above the others. They all make VERY different demands on a performer, so be aware of that when you’re planning your schedule. I think creating your own work is a brilliant thing for any artist. Apart from being incredibly artistically satisfying and a massive opportunity to learn about yourself as an artist, it proves that you are proactive and enthusiastic, and can bring you to the attention of the major companies much more quickly than sitting around and waiting for an audition. Send invites to the folk you’d like to audition for – you never know, they might just show up!