My mother (Ailsa Groom) was a classically trained singer (trained by Lucy Howell, as many of her singing friends were) in Perth in the 1930â€™s/40â€™s and beyond.
I think, with her encouragement, Â my father (Clive Groom) and our next door neighbour (Clarrie Scott) started the wheels turning to form the WA Opera Company.
I remember my dad and Clarrie Scott meeting on a Sunday morning in our lounge room (after church and before Sunday roast lamb) and Â we three girls were instructed to be very quiet while the meetings were held. Vin Warrener was also frequently in attendance. I remember Giuseppe Bertinazzo becoming involved a little later as well. I was about 10 at the time â€“ the youngest of the three girls.
I do remember going to the first Season of the WA Opera Company. My parents were very proud, being instrumental in the formation of the WA Opera Company and I was equally proud as their daughter. Â We girls were up in â€˜The Godsâ€™. I canâ€™t remember now whether it was Carmen or La Traviata but considering our young age, we did enjoy ourselves. Â In my teen and early adult years opera didnâ€™t really interest me ( I was more of a Bob Dylan, Beatles and Rolling Stones kind of girl) but now I love going to the Opera as do my sisters. I particularly love the Italian composers and like my mother, canâ€™t go past Madama Butterfly as the most beautiful.