It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good. Bluntly, the malady, Tuberculous, for all its problems has given us both hospitals and music.
Musically, poor Mimi, in the opera La Boheme succumbed to TB (most likely) and continues to charm us right up to her last gasps in a delightful soap opera that exploits duets, trios and quartets for all they are worth.
To live you whole life without loving an opera is a terrible misfortune.
Now that TB is 'stamped out' we have in New Lambton Heights, Rankin Park hospital available for the new round of problems that are taking us out. The old building is substantial and pleasant compared to the recent counterparts nearby, is even there for the long haul and the lawns and mature trees offer a retreat from the adjoining chaos.
Opera Australia has given us a multicultual Boheme and paired Takesha Meshe Kizart (American) with Ji-Min Pak (South Korean) to give La Boheme a wonderful 'lift'. (ABCTV).