At 71, the great British bass Sir John Tomlinson is headed to Australia for the very first time, singing multiple roles in Barrie Kosky’s production of The Nose for Opera Australia. In this second part of a two-part interview (read part one here), he talks to Limelight Editor at Large Clive Paget about the joys of singing old and new music, his attitude toward the future, and how the profession of singing has changed for better or worse. 

Sir John Tomlinson. Photo © Robert Workman 

Were you ambitious as a young singer, and did you ever have a career plan?

I can answer the second part easily, I’ve never had a career plan. And I don’t think it’s a good idea to have a career plan. The plan is basically sing beautifully and work and sing as well as you can and just see what...

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