Lliam, thanks for the open letter. It`s funny to think that although we may live hundreds of miles apart, on this site, we would appear to be next door neighbours!<P>Yes, I have heard of Russell Watson, and indeed, saw him perform on the National Lottery show, a few weeks back. I believe he hails from Manchester (?). He is clearly enormously talented, & if nurtured properly, this talent should reward him with a career of some distinction. I know that his album, The Voice, has already sold beyond originally expected levels.<P>I must say, however, that I am not a huge fan of operatic voices generally (tenors, sopranos,etc.). It`s not that I don`t think they`re good, for whether they are or not is beyond my ability to judge, it`s just that the true test, I feel, must always lie in how good they are in the most demanding roles. I`m talking Verdi & Puccini here; not Lloyd-Webber & Sondheim. It will be interesting to see which direction Russell Watson chooses.