On the Couch with David Greco

OA David Greco AAR On the CouchWho is David Greco?
I’m a classical baritone, recording artist, vocal coach, Doctor of Philosophy in Music… and a lover of felines! I’ve lived in the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and have relocated back to Australia in the last five years.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
Worry less, read more and learn to relax better.

Who inspires you and why?
Two great Australians; Richard Gill and Karen Carey – both selfless and dynamic music educators, relentless in their pursuit passing the importance and magic of music to young people. And – of course – Maria Callas for the simple fact that she was one of the greatest musical/artistic genius’ of the modern era.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I’m not ashamed to say I believe the pursuit of truth and beauty through my singing is valuable; it’s a very personal and important contribution I can continue to make to art. Also my vocal studio at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music – where I’m able to pass on to younger singers my passion for an artistic aural tradition that’s over 500 years old.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
London because of friends, Rome because of pasta and Bordeaux because of wine.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
There are so many quintessentially beautiful landmarks in Australia, but in my opinion the ferry ride from Circular Quay to Manly captures something quite viscerally Australian in an almost theatrical way. 

What are you currently reading?
Perfume by Patrick Suskind and Profiles – the collected theatre essays of Kenneth Tynan. 

What are you currently listening to?
Too many to list, but notable are a new recording of the madrigals of Carlo Gesualdo, and a disc of Mildred Bailey – the queen of the swing era.

Happiness is?
Excellent food, friends, wine and music.

What does the future hold for you?
Hopefully more excellent… food, friends, wine and music!

David stars as Valens in Opera Australia and Pinchgut Opera’s performance of Handel’s Theodora (in concert) – which will be presented in the Joan Sutherland Theatre – Sydney Opera House: 8 & 9 February 2024. For more information, visit: www.opera.org.au for details.

Image: David Greco – courtesy of Opera Australia