Travel talk: Jared Holt
Jared Holt is a Christchurch-raised, internationally trained opera baritone who will sing with sopranos Morag McDowell and Emma Roxburgh at the Bay of Many Coves Resort in the Marlborough Sounds in a fortnight.
How often do you get away?
About twice a year at the moment but I am aiming to improve on that.
Where was your first trip?
My first big solo trip was a year tutoring at a school in England after my last year of secondary school. It was a real privilege to be able to do that but, on reflection, I think I was still a little young to really get the most out of it.
Why do you travel – business or pleasure?
Singing has been the main reason. I am lucky that that has always been a genuine mix of business and pleasure for me.
What is your favourite destination overseas?
And here in New Zealand?
Anywhere in the Mackenzie Country. It is a beautiful place and full of great memories of road trips as a student. The Marlborough Sounds is another truly beautiful part of the country in my view.
Best trip ever?
Two months singing in an opera at the Glyndebourne Festival in England. A whole lot of factors combined on that trip to mean that I was able to be completely present and appreciative of every day I was there.
I have been mugged a couple of times in London, which was no fun at all. I am also in no hurry to take any more long-haul flights with a cold or after a late night (or both).
If you could be anywhere but here, where would that be?
I wouldn't be too upset with a few days at some sort of beach resort in the South Pacific right now.
What is the wildest sight you've witnessed while travelling?
A man coming at me with a knife asking for my wallet as I returned to my accommodation in London at 10 on a Sunday night.
Who (or what) is your favourite travelling companion?
I am always very happy travelling with my wife and daughter. Other than that I am used to travelling alone and really enjoy that.
Where to next?
It will be the South Island. Firstly, Bay of Many Coves in the Marlborough Sounds for an opera weekend (July 20-22) and then to Christchurch. It's my home town and I'm due to spend some more time with family down there. I don't think I really understand what Christchurch has been through in the last couple of years and I want to put that right.
... anything you'd like to add?
I love travelling and I have singing to thank for having been able to see many different parts of the world. It is great to "see the world", but travel has given me a strong sense of what a great place New Zealand is to live. It is a nice feeling when a New Zealand border security guard says: "Welcome home."
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