On the Couch with Andrew Moran

Andrew Moran AAR On the CouchWho is Andrew Moran? 
I am a Senior Principal Artist with Opera Australia. I am lucky enough to perform leading baritone roles with the national company across the stages of Australia.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
When I was little, I wanted to be a footballer with the Hawks or a rock star. I was a woeful football player, and I would have been an even worse rock star – so I’m rather pleased with the way things have turned out.

Who inspires you and why?
My family. They’re all amazing people who’ve achieved amazing things, and continue to do so.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Inspire empathy. If more people tried to see the world from another point of view, the world would be a much better place.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I was fortunate enough to win the Italian Opera Award a few years ago, and this gave me the opportunity to study in Tuscany for two months. Spending time in Florence and its surrounds over summer was extraordinary.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
In Sydney, any of the beaches. They’re all amazing! In Melbourne, the footy. There’s nothing quite like it.

What are you currently reading?
On Eating Meat by Matthew Evans.

What are you currently listening to?
Generally podcasts, but lately Ghosteen, Nick Cave’s latest album.

Happiness is?
A sunny afternoon at Dee Why Beach with my kids. Then home for a beer while I watch a Hawks win. Then: BBQ!!!

What does the future hold for you?
I hope to have the honour of singing professionally for as long as possible, and the good fortune to see my kids grow up whilst doing so.

Andrew stars as the Mandarin in Opera Australia’s production of Puccini’s Turandot – currently playing in the State Theatre – Arts Centre Melbourne until 6 December 2019. For more information, visit: www.opera.org.au for details.

Image: Andrew Moran (supplied)