The frequent misconception that opera is only ancient definitely exists, because on more than one occasion I've had a stranger who struck up a conversation with me comment," wait -- you're singing a NEW opera? They still write operas?"
The fact that composer/vocalist Mike Kelleher just released "Mélange," an aptly named album of mixed genres, would be more newsworthy than saying he comes off as a genuinely decent person. But in these cynical times, it's actually relevant - especially given his line of work.
Because my answers were more "off the cuff" than usual, they were less guarded, less polished, more pointed, than if I had shaped them into an article. Having just re-read them, I find them to be more fun to read, too.