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Company Profile: Jacques Imbrailo, singer Don Giovanni


What do you love about working in opera?
When I complain about my job I remember I’m complaining about making music so the complaining stops. Every project is different; a different place, different colleagues and usually different music, so it is always interesting. Every project brings new challenges, new friends and new experiences which makes it a very stimulating and exciting way of making a living. It is a great privilege performing great works of art and portraying interesting characters and hopefully bring a bit of beauty to opera lovers.

What has been your favourite role to date? Are there any still on your wish list that you would like to sing?
Billy Budd. It is a very special character with extremely beautiful and moving music. A very special role indeed.


There are many roles I would still love to sing as I am still young and limited in the roles I have done. I would like to start doing a bit more Italian Bel Canto roles in general and then there are some specific roles I look forward to hopefully sing one day like Eugene Onegin, Rodriguez from Don Carlo and a few others but all in good time.

What 3 things might people be surprised to learn about you?
1. I use to do wrestling as a boy and won two silver medals at the South African national championships.
2. I sang the Queen of the Night aria with the high F’s as boy and there is a youtube video of it featuring a very odd looking 14 year old me.
3. Rugby, rugby rugby! I love rugby.


What do you do when you're not singing?
I spend most of my time with my lovely wife Cara and now also with our beautiful little daughter Emilia which means a lot of nappy changing. I watch quite a bit of rugby and sports in general and we are also quite involved with our church in London, St Helen’s Bishopsgate.

If you weren't an opera singer, what would be your ideal job?

Scrumhalf for the Springboks or sports writer.

Tell us your favourite place to be in the world?

It used to be a place in the Drakensberg mountain range in South Africa where I went to school, called Blue Grotto. It is a small waterfall within a cave like cliff face where we used to jump of as boys. Now it is anywhere I can give my little one a cuddle.