You've performed at the Opera House, you've been an audience member, and now podcast host, what do you think your relationship and perspective of the Opera House is and was? And how do you think it has changed since recording this podcast?
Yeah, it's really fascinating. When the podcast came out and everyone in my world started talking about it , it really was amazing, because it reminded me of how incredible it is to have the opportunity to do this podcast, about such an iconic building that holds a place in so many people's hearts.
For me, I've been fortunate to perform there many times and in different spaces. At the beginning of the recording of the podcast, we got to go in and look at the Concert Hall with all the scaffolding in place and when I recently went back, just before the podcast launched, I got to see those final touches to the venue being made. I already had an appreciation for the building, because of what it's brought to my life as a performer, but after hearing from all of these people who had a connection to the venue and all of the production managers and construction workers who have worked on its renewal, I had this opportunity to go deeper and look at the details and hear about how bespoke it is and how complex but also how invigorating and exciting it is for those people working on the project. Such a unique task, considering its heritage. I now really have such a deeper understanding of a beauty that was already there for me. I feel really really lucky.
In the podcast we hear you walk in when all the scaffolding was still up and everything was stripped bare. What was that like to see everything in such a raw state?
As an audience member, you have the experience of walking into a space, it's all clean and clear and you might be taking in a set, or you might be taking in the instruments or performers that might already be on stage. And then as a performer, you get to experience what it’s like backstage and that's super exciting, to see the bones of a building that maybe you've experienced as an audience member. But then having this experience of just seeing it in this state with mess everywhere, and construction workers and scaffolding completely filling the entire space. It wasn't just here and there, it was filling the entire space. So suddenly there was a really different relationship for me. It felt really, really special. And we actually got to go up onto some of the scaffolding. We were guided up there, and I got to touch the roof, which was amazing. It's a small thing, but it's pretty incredible, because you'd never have that opportunity without scaffolding. So it was just very, very special.