Lara Rebekah Harvey graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2015 with a BMus first-class honours and recently completed her postgraduate studies there.
Between terms, she has sung in the chorus for summer festivals as well as some roles for Opera Holland Park and Wexford Festival Opera. She had a small role in Holland Park's production of The Merry Widow this July.
Now she's stacking supermarket shelves.
The young mezzo, needing to cover her living expenses, is earning £9 an hour at Lidl being that promises of work have dried up since the coronavirus led to the shutting of all theatres.
The 27-year-old is typical of many musicians, singers and dancers who find themselves at home and unpaid, and so she feels that she's “lucky to have a job” at the supermarket, where she's been working for three weeks.
My first week was exhausting because it's very physical and there's a lot of heavy lifting. Some colleagues there do know I'm an opera singer and I think they are quite surprised. But although I'm grateful, I can't wait to get back to opera – she told The Daily Mail.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.