At a young age, Peter Glossop knew that all he ever wanted to be was an opera singer. Glossop said with opera, there's the best of two worlds, both singing and acting. Verdi was a favorite, Glossop explained, as Verdi had written great roles for baritone singers.
Sarah Caldwell was very good at playing music at a young age. She also loved the theatre. To her, it was a logical step to direct operas. Caldwell explained that her job as the director is to hold the audiences' attention and to make the piece real, to convey the playwright's message. She also said that directing operas gave her the opportunity to work on a great varieties of productions.