But although her heart truly lay with the classical singer’s repertoire – Puccini, Wagner, Fauré – there was ‘no way on earth’ her family could afford the necessary lessons.
‘Classical music is in my soul but the training is expensive, and even to get a scholarship you need to have had years of coaching.
She claims, albeit while chuckling at herself, that she is ‘incapable of making a single decision, whether about boyfriends or outfits’, without the benefit of maternal advice.
Although born in London, she spent her idyllic early years in a village in a remote area of New Zealand, where Monday morning lessons were held on the beach and a sense of community permeated people’s dealings with one another.
Or maybe when she was signed up for a new girl band – only to be sacked because it was decided that, at 20, she was too old?