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Diary: Singing vet produces Glyndebourne for cows

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If you thought you had to pay top prices to hear opera, think again. Tabard has come across a way to hear arias being sung for nothing. But it does require you to sit in a grassy field surrounded by cows. Which admittedly might be preferable for some than spending the evening confined to an opera house.

Let me explain. Tabard has become aware of a vet by the name of Alfonso Camassa, who also happens to be a trained singer. And he likes nothing more than to sing to the animals he is treating. Particularly cows. When he’s working on a farm, Alfonso likes to belt out a number or two for them.

“I’ve always been singing, since I was six or seven, and I just realised that both farmers and cattle don’t complain [when I sing],” he told BBC News, adding: “I can’t say they enjoy it but for sure they don’t complain.”

Hate to break it to you, Alfonso, but they’re cows. They don’t really complain about anything. They just chew grass, lie down if it’s going to rain and await their trip to the slaughter house. But still, it’s lovely of him to think about their well-being. And the farmers seem to think the approach works.

One farmer who spoke to the BBC said: “I think it’s so much fun to have someone who’s fairly eccentric and who makes dealing with animals, which can be sort of mundane, more fun and enjoyable for the staff. And I am sure the cows quite like it.” One might say they’re amoosed.

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tabard@thestage.co.uk

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