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Profile: Carole Gallen, Patrons Manager

Can you describe your job in 1 sentence?
Working in the Fundraising Department, I encourage people who love opera and care about the arts in Scotland to donate money in support of Scottish Opera's breadth of work.

What do you love about working in opera?
The art form itself is the biggest draw as well as being surrounded by so many talented people. Watching a production develop from the drawing board through to the excitement of the first night is an extraordinary process to witness and feel part of.


Do you have any memorable experiences relating to your job, or the work of the company that you would like to share?
I think possibly the most memorable experience was being in the company during the Ring Cycle. My knowledge of Wagner's operas was very limited so I didn't quite know what to expect. I was swept away by the whole experience, so much so I was often found outside the theatre in the hope of buying a ticket from anyone who had one spare! My tenacity paid off and I was lucky enough to buy a ticket for the final Gotterdammerung in the very back row of the Balcony. The performance and atmosphere were just electric. I was hooked.

10 years ago, where did you picture yourself working?
Scottish Opera! After I graduated I knew I wanted to work 'behind the scenes' in our national opera company, but it took a wee while to work out where I would best fit in. I've definitely found my niche.

What 3 things might people be surprised to learn about you?
I trained to be an opera singer.
Before pursuing a career in music I wanted to be a geologist and had a very interesting (possibly only to me) collection of rocks.
I'd love to be a dog trainer.

What do you like to do when you're not working?
Spend time with my husband. With our very different work schedules, it can be difficult to get time together. I also love to travel, cook, bake and enjoy the results.

Where is your favourite place to be in the world?
New York. No where else even comes close.