So how did I get into opera … I grew up in Philadelphia and my parents had season tickets to the Philadelphia Orchestra. My father was a chemist, but he and my mother would have friends over and they would play chamber music. I heard classical music all my life, but my parents weren’t opera fans. When I was a junior in college, my father was given some tickets to the opera. He called me up because he didn’t want to go alone and my mother had no interest in opera. I went to see Rossini’s Cinderella and boom, overnight, I was hooked. I became a season subscriber and every time during my junior and senior years that I could go to the opera, I would. I became that crazed opera buff.