John Daszak's powerful tenor voice soared over the upturned faces of the packed audience at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. There was neither a shuf¯e nor a cough. No-one had sung Benjamin Britten's dramatic Peter Grimes better. The music critics gave him rave reviews. The Guardian newspaper, for example, wrote that he has `the voice of a beautifully ¯awed hero. He has an abundant theatrical imagination; his acting is alive and present, cool and composed . . . it is his skilful negotiation of this balance that has lent his recent roles, including Pierre in the ENO's (English National Opera's) recent staging of Proko®ev's epic War and Peace, such vigour and weight. Which is also why he is increasingly in demand by directors.'