The policeman who sings opera
Being an artist of ANY field is one of the best ways to bring people together despite their" cultural differences," which mostly I think are just minor hindrances.
I heard about Petrus for the first time when living in England, with a lovely description of him from my husband. He talked enthusiastically about Petrus as an excellent tenor who also had a unique story of becoming an opera singer. We used to listen to his performances, and I wished to see him performing in Finland. After many years of wait, We finally saw Petrus singing in 'Elisir d'amore.' and interviewing him is a great honor.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Petrus Schroderus, 46 years old, and father of 5 children from two marriages. I live in the city of Oulu. I work as a policeman now, but I used to sing in the opera. At the moment, I sing only for private customers in concerts.
Have you always known that you wanted to be an opera singer, or did the passion develop over time?
No, as a child, I didn't know that I wanted to be an opera singer. Nobody had told me that I really could become an opera singer. At school we all sang, I thought everybody sings, and there is nothing special about singing. After all, I realized that indeed it is very special.
How did you get started with your singing career?
I always knew how to sing a little bit at school, but some people later convinced me that I had the talent to be an opera singer, and they suggested me to go to courses.
How do you become an Opera singer?
I trained like any other singer, for three years, and half, for then singing in opera stage. It is so complex; it takes years to develop. I won the Savonlinna Timo Mustakallio singing competition in 2004 when I was 31 years old.