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OPERA FANS SET FOR THE BIG DIN QUARTET in THE EXPRESS

BILLY Connolly is facing his biggest challenge – singing one of the great Italian operas in his latest film.

The Big Yin has to learn Verdi’s classic Rigoletto for a movie directed by his friend Dustin Hoffman.
But he has told his voice coach Sean Jeffrey: “I cannae sing – I have a voice like a duck farting in the fog.”

The comedian, who turns 69 next month, agreed to shave off his beard and crop his hair to play the aged, sex-obsessed singer Wilfred.

He stars alongside Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins and Maggie Smith.

Quartet sees Downton Abbey star Smith play a former grand dame of opera, forced into reduced circumstances.

She moves into a retirement home for musicians and really shakes it up.

Read article in THE EXPRESS

October 13, 2011

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