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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  1. Ruth,
    I am an avid lurker on (but not member of) twitter and reader of your tweets and I want the opera loving crowd to get this amazing performance to go viral. Hope you agree and pass/tweet this on. Perhaps this wonderful lady and Elena Zilllo could be persuaded to do a duet – though Elena is but a teenager compared to this remarkable singer https://youtu.be/DhSqUXA27e0

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