A house builder in Basingstoke, who recently realised a lifetime dream when visiting the Royal Opera House, sings the praises of the musical art form when it comes to unwinding after a hard day managing a new-build site.
Russell Smith, Bovis Homes site manager at Nightingale View in Basingstoke, has a love for opera
Russell Smith, Bovis Homes site manager at Nightingale View, off Aldermaston Road, says listening to opera is a great way to relax once the tools and equipment are packed away.
The music lover, who has worked at Bovis Homes for one year, swapped his hard hat and high-vis vest for a smart jacket and tie to see Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi''s ''Il trovatore'' at the famous London venue as a birthday treat.
Russell, who is also a fan of classical music and indie-rock, said: "Opera is a great way to escape after being on site for 12 hours – listening to it really helps me kick-back.
"I love music and what I listen to depends on my mood - it could be opera, classical or indie. But one of my ambitions was to go to the Royal Opera House in London and I managed to do it for my birthday. It was a grand experience and a great excuse to get all dressed up and enjoy the city."
Russell added that the favourite part of his job was working closely with his colleagues at Nightingale View, and the sense of achievement he gains after a full-day''s work.
"I enjoy the buzz of being a site manager and the sense of team spirit that housebuilding brings," he said.
When he''s not communicating with contractors or appreciating arias, Russell, who has 15 years'' experience in the role, is also passionate about mountain biking and motorcycles. He goes mountain biking at weekends in the countryside close to the A3.
Russell and his team are building a range of three and four-bedroom properties at Nightingale View, available from £329,950.