And woven into the fabric of this harsh existence was music.
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There are a lot of unseen elements to having a successful singing career.
So between my mother playing two-part inventions by Bach on the piano and my dad singing Ivor Novello, I became what I am today.
Opera is credible drama now, and it costs less than going to a football match. What have you got to lose?
Last autumn I made a programme about the history of the Strauss family and of the waltz, which involved a trip to the beautiful city of Vienna.
Just walking along Shaftesbury Avenue gave me such a buzz - it still does - and communicating with an audience through music is still the biggest thrill in the world.
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