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A chance encounter with a discerning voice coach prompted Darwin Leonard Prakash to trade in his life as a geology student in India to become a scholarshipwinning singing student in the UK, set for a high-flying career in opera. He tells his story to Amanda Holloway.
Darwin Leonard Prakash: ‘I had to decide if I should leave my life, my friends and family and go to England’

What a difference a day makes. On a June morning in 2014, Darwin Leonard Prakash, a 21-year-old geology student in Delhi, was noisily celebrating the end of his final exams with his friends. A visiting British voice professor, Dr Robert Alderson, heard the friends singing together and complimented Darwin on his natural baritone. After giving him a trial singing lesson, he asked if Darwin would like to join him in England for intensive vocal training, with a view to applying to London’s Royal Academy of Music.

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