How Daniella Ehrlich, an opera cat, finds her core business by mixing arias with pilates

It was a triumphant conclusion to a Fulworks Q&A event – Daniella Ehrlich brought the house down with a stirring rendition of the rousing “Habanera” aria from the Bizet opera (1875) Carmen – “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” – (love is a rebellious bird).  (Full performance on my home page).

Daniella is a mezzo-soprano, perfect for the role, but opera is only one of her passions. She loves pilates, which has given her even more core strength to sing – so she combined the two to create her business “AriaPilates” in Sydney.

It is always the challenge for performing artists with a talent to sing, dance or act – money does not come easily and it’s a long way to the top.

Never fear, Daniella also is the co-founder of “Operacatz” – her business which brings “cheeky” operatic performance (here on YouTube)  to a party or shindig anywhere in Australia – or the world?  As her site says: “two gorgeous opera divas, slinky PVC catsuits and high heels, props, masks, music…and what do you have?  It’s marvellous m’dear!

Daniella learnt pilates with Michael King Pilates Institute in the UK, when taking time out from her other job with the Welsh National Opera for about seven years until about 2010.  She has her Bachelor of Music from Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music.

At the time I was telling Daniella’s story in the Australian Financial Review, I found this story in the FT of London, about the American diva Joyce DiDonato, who uses yoga and weight training to add physicality to her performance.

Living the dream – Daniella Ehrlich is well on her way.