On the Couch with Richard Anderson

Richard-Anderson-AAR-On-the-CouchWho is Richard Anderson?
Musician, opera singer, actor, voice over artist. 24 years with Opera Australia.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
Live somewhere cold. Learn more languages. Walk more. Read more.

Who inspires you and why?
The composers, the scientists, the engineers, the ones who think big and make it happen. The music teachers who taught me how to hear.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Move music to the core of school education. Have more people sing in choirs.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
That’s yet to be found, but I know it’s remote, quiet and possibly snowing.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Pulpit Rock, overlooking the spectacular Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains.

What are you currently reading?
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks.

What are you currently listening to?
Tenebrae Responsoria by Carlo Gesualdo; Turangalîla-Symphonie by Olivier Messiaen; In Our Time podcast by Melvyn Bragg; Sizzletown by Tony Martin.

Happiness is?
A rainy day, a quiet pub and an open fire.

What does the future hold for you?
Endless exploration of places, minds and ideas.

Richard can be seen as Dr Bartolo in Opera Australia’s production of The Marriage of Figaro (27 January – 18 February), followed by Lodovico in Otello (19 February – 19 March), Albert in La Juive (9 – 26 March) and Cecil in Maria Stuarda (23 & 25 March) – all performances at the Sydney Opera House. For more information, visit: www.opera.org.au for details.

Image: Richard Anderson (supplied)