Growing up loving opera

When you think of opera your mind conjures up visions of Pavarotti, tuxedos, gowns, beautiful theatres.

But what if we told you to add lorry driver into that mix?

Meet Julian, an opera-loving lorry driver from Birmingham. Yes you did read that right, an opera loving lorry driver!

So how does someone like Julian fall in love with opera? Well, his passion for opera came long before the job did.

Julian grew up listening to a huge array of music from pop to progressive rock but classical was by far his favourite. One of Julian’s earliest memories is seeing Maria Callas and Tito Gobbi on TV performing the dagger scene from Tosca.

His interest in opera deepened when Julian was asked to join his local opera group Tinkers Farm Opera in Birmingham. Suddenly he’d gone from just listening and singing along in his cab to singing and performing on stage to an audience.

Julian goes on the trip of a lifetime

There was one operatic experience Julian had never had: he’d never been to a Grand Opera House.

So he researched his trip and booked it with us.

Julian and his wife packed their bags with their very best clothes and headed off to the Teatro Real in Madrid, but would it live up to Julian’s expectations?

Watch the video to find out.

If you fancy following in Julian’s footsteps, check out Expedia’s 72-hour guide to Madrid

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