A Danish opera star discovered her origins in a briefcase – they led to a holy city in Maharashtra

The Royal Opera House in Mumbai is poised to stage its first full-length Italian opera, Domenico Cimarosa’s comedy Il Matrimonio Segreto, with a run of four performances from July 27 to 29. The opera’s conductor Maria Badstue has a heartwarming connection to India – she was adopted from here by a Danish family at five months of age and is returning to the country for the first time in 35 years.

Read my account of her wonderful story here in Scroll.in.

This resonated strongly within me as founder and project director of Child’s Play India Foundation, a music education charity working with underprivileged children. Our whole ethos rests on the untapped potential of India’s disadvantaged children and the transformative power of music in their lives.

Get tickets to see her in action here.