Highbury boy gives opera fees to hospice that cared for his mum
Ten-year-old, who is appearing in The Magic Flute, wanted to thank ‘amazing charity’ for their help
29 March, 2019
Aron and twin brother Sasha with mum Paola. Picture: Marie Curie
A TEN-YEAR-OLD boy who sings with the English National Opera is giving all his performance fees to the hospice that cared for his mother.
Sasha Rose, from Highbury, who is appearing in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, wanted to thank Marie Curie Hospice, in Hampstead, for the help it gave his family.
After his mother, Paola Domizio, died last autumn, the hospice helped with counselling for Sasha and twin brother Aron.
His mother used the hospice as an outpatient after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. On her first visits, she was unable to walk, but due to support provided in a special gym she regained enough strength to enjoy family holidays and lead a fairly normal life.
Unfortunately, following a return from holiday last summer, her condition deteriorated and she died in October.
Sasha said: “When I auditioned I just wanted family and friends to be proud of me, and I wanted to prove that I could do something good. I am playing one of the three spirits and we are all treble singers who help to guide the main characters in their quest to find love and happiness.”
Sasha as he appears in English National Opera’s The Magic Flute. Picture: Fiona Rose
He added: “When I was offered the part, I asked my dad if I could donate my fee for performing to Marie Curie because I want them to continue to be able to help other people like they helped my mum.
“They are an amazing charity and my mum really enjoyed visiting the hospice, using the gym and joining the relaxation group every Friday.
“She made lots of friends with other users of those facilities.”
The donation is not the first time the family have raised money from a performance for the charity.
At Christmas 2016, the brothers put on a nativity show for family and friends at their home, and asked those present to make a contribution.
Sasha said: “Me and my brother have gone through a lot of hard times.
“Marco at the hospice, who is the children’s and young people’s counsellor, has helped us a lot, so this donation is a thank-you to the charity and also in memory of our mum.”
• If you are in need of support, or have any questions about any aspect of terminal illness, including clinical support, call Marie Curie Information and Support Line free on 0800 090 2309 or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/help