Opera critic David Gilliard retires from Daily Mail and reflects on 40 thrilling years

Opera critic David Gilliard retires from Daily Mail and reflects on 40 thrilling years

Pavarotti, Dame Joan, Domingo, Kiri… and Nureyev”s jockstrap: As he retires the Mail”s opera critic reflects on 40 thrilling years of arias and divas

1:04 AM on 29th July 2011

Oversize talent: David Gilliard with Pavarotti during the Seventies

Oversize talent: David Gilliard with Pavarotti during the Seventies

Pavarotti liked to caress Dame Joan Sutherland

Pavarotti liked to caress Dame Joan Sutherland”s stomach, which he said helped him improve his breathing

Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev was notoriously temperamental

Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev was notoriously temperamental

David Gilliard was there when an unknown Kiri te Kanawa gave a radiant performance of the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro

David Gilliard was there when an unknown Kiri te Kanawa gave a radiant performance of the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro