According to O'Connor, “The three poles or sources of my music are classical, folk and jazz. My two mentors were the great Texan and south western style fiddler Benny Thomasson and the French jazz violinist Stephan Grappelli. As to classical, I have to say that I’m a Beethoven man.”
The world of opera is ever expanding and constantly pulling in new listeners. But some folks out there just can get past the sound of the classically trained voice. If you're one of these people, then the BBC Concert Orchestra is your new best friend. On "Opera without Words" conductor Leonard Slatkin leads them in orchestral versions of classics from Leoncavallo, Verdi, Mozart and more.