Mr Brasch revealed the virus attacked every organ in his body including his kidneys, heart and lungs. His family was told by medical staff on numerous occasions that the virus could kill him but he made a remarkable recovery, leading to him being dubbed “The Miracle Man” by hospital staff.
After watching Mr Brasch’s story on Channel Seven news, we organised a special ‘pop up aria’ as a belated congratulations for their wedding anniversary.
‘This is a complete and unprecedented surprise. Thank you so much, I am very moved,’ said Mr Brasch of the performance.
‘Opera brings so much pleasure to my family. It is the one true expression of human emotion. The culture of music is the one language that should bring people together and more people should be listening [to opera]!’
For the performance recorded in the couple’s home, Opera Queensland Young Artist, Rebecca Cassidy and Head of Music Narelle French performed ‘How can I keep from singing’, a hymn by American minister Robert Lowry.
‘I was so moved by Graham’s story that when Opera Queensland suggested performing for he and Glenda I couldn’t resist,’ said Rebecca.
‘Music helps us express ourselves often more than words alone. As part of my time as Opera Queensland’s Young Artist, I have been afforded so many opportunities to help the company share the wonders of this incredible art form while developing my craft.’
Graham continues to recover while looking forward to making it back to the opera to see the Opera Queensland Chorus, which he describes as “world-class, best in Australia by far”, back on stage in 2021.
You can enjoy this special performance below.