“An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I've left the opera house.”
- Maria Callas
7th Earl of Harewood opera impresario and former director of the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden (1951-1953 and 1969-1972) later the chairman of the English National Opera from 1978 to 1981. A music enthusiast with a deep devotion to the arts and the opera. He was educated at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge. Commissioned into the Grenadier Guards. During World War II, he fought in Italy. POW 1944 to 1945 and ADC to his great Uncle - Earl of Athlone - 1944 to 1946.
Australian Order of Merit in 1959.
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 1986.
“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.”