At 71, the great British bass Sir John Tomlinson is headed to Australia for the very first time. In the first part of a two part interview he talks to LimelightEditor at Large Clive Paget about the advantages of being Lancastrian (and proud of it), the problems facing most young basses, taking on Wagner, and the importance of Reginald Goodall’s secret room next to the Royal Opera House lavatories.

You’ve always been a proud Lancastrian. How important was that...

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