Ruth Elleson. Thirtysomething girl-about-town in London, juggling insatiable opera addiction with a full-time job and a minor singing career. Promenader, caffeine junkie, domestic slattern, eternal optimist. Train your binoculars on the Stalls Circle at the Royal Opera House and you’ll catch a glimpse of me before long.

This blog’s title will, I imagine, be familiar to most readers as a quote from La traviata. In the opera these words and their melody return time and time again, describing love as a “cross (i.e. burden) and delight to the heart”. I find it an apt description of my feelings for an art form which I love so much that it costs me tears, restful sleep, and almost all my spare time and money!

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