There was always traditional Irish music to be heard in Séamus de Vál’s home in Bunclody during his early years, and all through his years as a seminarian at Maynooth, he was involved in the Gramophone Society and in the orchestra. His first appointment was to St Peter’s in Wexford, where he taught for 27 years. He was appointed Parish Priest in Oulart after which he retired to Bunclody. He was then appointed diocesan archivist. He has attended all the operas and he speaks about his many great memories of some wonderful performances. He has very clear recollections of his first opera (1951). He describes the critics, and their reactions to the operas.