After Zubin Mehta, Patricia Rozario is the second Indian to receive a fellowship from the Royal College of Music in London, one of the world’s greatest conservatoires. She speaks to Outlook about her career in opera, concert work, recording and broadcasting. Her originality has inspired over 15 of the world’s leading composers to write for her.
Your wide concert and opera repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music. What got you interested in opera?
We were brought up in a musical family in the suburbs of Mumbai. My mother was a fine pianist and my father played the guitar and had a great tenor voice. At every family-do, the children were made to sing and play for the guests. My parents would listen to their records of classical music after the kids would go to bed, but I was usually awake and listened to the voices, some of which brought tears to my eyes. The emotions were so strong that you couldn’t help but being moved by the beauty of these pieces.