Profile: Alan McKenzie, singer, BabyO
Can you describe BabyO in one sentence?
30 minutes of beautiful “surround sound” singing in a magical secret garden of tranquillity, with 20 babies transfixed.
What do you enjoy about working with young people?
Young people have no egos and always tell you the truth!
10 years ago, where did you imagine yourself working?
Well, 10 years ago I was doing Phantom of the Opera in London and never would have imagined myself coming back to Glasgow. I was working with West Australian Opera when my wife and I found out that she was expecting a baby. My visa was about to expire, so my wife and I decided to move to Glasgow as it is a great place to bring up kids. It’s an exciting city with great stuff for children, bars and restaurants for us, great traditional properties at affordable prices and to escape, Loch Lomond 30 minute drive away. Glasgow has a lot to offer, I am glad I am back home.
If you weren't working in opera, what would you be doing?
When there isn’t enough work in opera, I work in a restaurant! Apart from that, a jazz singer definitely. It is still a dream of mine I have yet to fulfil, watch this space.
What's been your most memorable experience while performing?
I remember being with D’oyly Carte Opera Company doing Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne. First scene as the curtain went out revealed a beautiful set of a train station; it got a round of applause from the audience. The women entered in stunning period costumes and wigs led by one of the ladies chorus, a big lassie, who fell over as she walked on stage. She couldn’t get back up and half of the ladies chorus proceeded to fall on top of her. What a great start. I only wish I had been in the audience that night and not in the wings!
What do you like to do when you're not working?
Top of the list is spending time with my wife Gilly and our daughter Molly. I come from a very close family, so a big family dinner in a restaurant with 3 generations all eating good food, drinking good wine and having great chat is my idea of a heavenly day off.
Where is your favourite place to be in the world?
With Gilly and Molly, either in front of our log fire or sunning ourselves on a beach in Rottness Island, Perth, Western Australia.
What 3 things might people be surprised to know about you?
I was once a backing dancer for Jeanette Kranckie !
I have 2 webbed toes
I have my Reiki masters