On the Couch with Diego Torre

Diego-Torre-AAR-On-the-CouchWho is Diego Torre?
I’m a Mexican-Australian opera singer based in Sydney.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
Nothing. I am really happy at this moment in my life. But If I had more time, I would like to have studied a Masters degree.

Who inspires you and why?
My family. They come first and stay with you no matter what. I’d do anything for them. Also, my vocal instructor that I had in the University. He is my role model as a musician.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
More music. I believe that Music, and Arts in general, helps people to become more sensitive, more compassionate and better human beings.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Anywhere around nature. It gives you energy and brings the balance back to your body. But also, if I pay a visit to Mexico, to my roots, food, people and places, it makes me very happy.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Visit the Blue Mountains and have a BBQ – it’s a fun way to spend time with friends. Go to the Opera House and see a performance – is also a must.

What are you currently reading?
A novella called Carmen – written by Prosper Mérimée.

What are you currently listening to?
Salsa music.

Happiness is?
Enjoying the present, having peace of mind and spending time with your beloved ones.

What does the future hold for you?
I don’t know really, but I hope it allows me to continue enjoying life and my family as I have so far. Regarding my work, I have commitments in Australia and Europe. With Opera Australia, I’ll be performing as Don José in Carmen on Cockatoo Island, followed by the NYE Gala and then as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour.

Diego stars as Foresto in Opera Australia’s production of Verdi’s Attila – which will be presented in the Joan Sutherland Theatre – Sydney Opera House from 29 October. For more information, visit: www.opera.org.au for details.

Image: Diego Torre – courtesy of Opera Australia