BRISBANE electrician Lindsay Gaffney doesn’t just whistle while he works – he can also boast a mighty opera on request.
The classically trained musician is well known at St William’s Parish, Grovely, as “the parish tenor” leading the fortnightly youth Mass.
Now music lovers across the country can hear Mr Gaffney’s gift following the release of his debut CD, Tenor Serenade.
The 55-year-old opera singer said Tenor Serenade was a collection of “prayer-based” opera classics, including wedding favourite, Ave Maria, plus songs from Les Miserables and Charles Gounod.
“Some of the songs in this CD are quite reflective and they have a really strong spiritual personality in them,” Mr Gaffney said.
As a bonus, he also included his rendition of the Westside Story classic song, Maria, as an ode to his wife.
The CD has already gained success on ABC Radio, but his claim to fame on the radio was already in place as the voice of the national anthem heard on 612 Breakfast every second Monday.
Opera has been part of Mr Gaffney’s life since his formal music training days at the Conservatorium of Brisbane, but his love for music sprang from his days at St Joseph’s, Corinda.
“I started singing very young, when I was about eight in the boys’ choir at St Joseph’s, Corinda,” he said. “I sang in the choir there for many years, and as I got older, my voice broke and I went in and did a little bit of pop, folk, then ended up at the Conservatorium of Brisbane.”
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