Way down here in the Antipodes, with the tumult at our own opera company to think about (when we have the energy), the struggles of American companies can seem a little remote. But New York City Opera has a special place in my heart. I'll never forget how the City Opera Xerxes saved us from crushing despair, when we arrived in New York ready to see Ruth Ann Swenson in recital, only to discover she'd cancelled. They even threw divine Sarah Connolly into the mix. And besides, Beverly Sills loved City Opera, and I love Beverly Sills.