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Company Profile: Robert Poulton, Singer

What 3 things might people be surprised to learn about you?
I love doing DIY mechanics - I'm very often underneath one of our cars tinkering with something! I also love it if I can mend anything around the house - my success stories this past year include the dishwasher, tumble drier, fridge-freezer and a laptop!


My father was a water diviner -he was able to find underground rivers using a hazel twig and later from maps. Sadly I didn't inherit the skill!

I used to be in amateur pantomime, always playing the baddie! I loved the interplay with the audience and it was probably good preparation for a career as an operatic baritone, with the number of villainous roles we have!


What has been your favourite role to date? Are there any still on your wish list that you would like to sing?
I suppose my favourite role is Falstaff, although Scarpia and Rigoletto must be a very close second and third. I would love to sing Iago, what a fantastic villain he is!

What do you do when you're not singing?
When I'm not singing I enjoy long country walks with my wife. I have a great app on my phone which allows me to map out a route using an ordnance survey large scale map, and the phone's sat nav system means we can then follow the route without getting lost (so far!). I'm looking forward to some walking during my time in Scotland.


We also enjoy cycling and have several disused railway lines in Sussex that have been converted to off-road cycle tracks. My youngest son plays football at the weekends and we also have a holiday home on the Gower peninsula in Wales, so there is plenty to do there in the way of walking, cycling, surfing or a bit of beach cricket.

What are you listening to at the moment?
At the moment I'm listening to La Forza del Destino - I'm about to sing Don Carlo di Vargas in a concert performance, and arias from La Damnation de Faust which I'm learning for an audition.


If you weren't an opera singer, what would be your ideal job?
I have absolutely no idea what I would be if I weren't an opera singer. I think I already have my ideal job! It would need to be something outdoors, perhaps in another life I'd be an oceanographer!


Tell us your favourite place to be in the world?
My favourite place to be? Well, I love my home in Sussex of course, and Swansea is great although the weather is usually dreadful! I have wonderful memories of my last visit to Glasgow (back in 1990/91) and I'm looking forward to being there again for Tosca. I love the sun, so Australia appeals for that reason as well as the fabulous outdoor life. I would love to spend time in Tuscany, with the sun, the food and the culture. I was lucky enough to tour Israel in 1984 and have vivid memories of floating in the Dead Sea on Easter Sunday.