The Australian-born, Europe-based baritone on YouTubing dead divas, the operas he could do without, and wardrobe mix-ups.

Three operas you love most?

RigolettoDer RosenkavalierBilly Budd.

David Greco.

Three favourite baritones? 

Peter Mattei, Gerard Souzay and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

Three favourite mezzos? 

Janet Baker, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Kathleen Ferrier.

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in Peter Sellars’ production of Handel’s Theodora

Your most memorable musical experience as an audience member?

The first time I went to choral evensong at Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford.

If you weren’t an opera singer, what would you be?

A piano accompanist heavily involved in chamber music.

Three operas you could happily never hear again?

StiffelioLa Bohème, and The Flying Dutchman.

Three underrated composers?

I think most ones deserving of praise have been given it now to be honest.

Your favourite films?

Bright StarThe Hollow Crown series and The Iron Lady.

Most embarrassing moment onstage?

Debut with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in the Sydney Opera House. I walked onstage in my tails but forgot to substitute my Blundstone Boots for my patent leather shoes.

A recording to be stranded with on a desert island?

Handel: Great Oratorio Duets by Carolyn Sampson and Robin Blaze.

A singer of the past you’d like to perform with?

Maria Callas.

Maria Callas as Cherubini’s Medea

Your proudest moment onstage?

Singing Monteverdi’s Vespers with Ton Koopman and The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in Monteverdi’s church in Mantua, Italy.

The last book you couldn’t put down?

Alain de Botton’s The Consolations of Philosophy.

Three opera characters you’d like to have round for dinner?

Lucia, Gilda and Papageno.

Your favourite place in the world?

The Lakes District, England.

A cliché that annoys you about opera? 

That it’s classical music so it must be ‘relaxing’.

Your favourite pastime?

Listening to dead divas on YouTube.

A non-classical musician you’d nominate to compose an opera or piece of classical music?

Comedian Bill Bailey.

Your favourite food?

Impossible to answer.

A conductor, past or present, you’d like to perform with?

Bach… at the keyboard directing one of his cantatas.


David Greco appears in the title role of Monteverdi’s Orfeo with the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music led by Erin Helyard September 7 – 8. 

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