Today's blog was triggered by listening to a re run of radio 4's "Desert Island Discs" where old Kirsty was chatting to he bloke who wrote the novel " Brooklyn"
In 1987 I was living in the city of York, and while working as a psychiatric nurse, I was adopted as a fledgling gay best friend to an older and much more cultured occupational therapist called Ally.
One of the first things she " introduced" me to was live theatre and early on during our social relationship she took me over to the Theatre Grand in Leeds to experience my very first opera.
The production was Opera North's version of The Pearl Fishers
I remember to this day the experience of my very own " Pretty Woman" moment when " Au Font du temple saint" , the famous " friendship" duet between fishermen Nadir and Zurga , belted out around the auditorium.
The hairs on the back of my neck stood up in a moment of pure pleasure
It wasn't a mere " I love Opera" moment
But it WAS a red letter " growing up....there is so much more to life " moment.
What was yours?"