During a phone conversation from his home in Paris, David Serero admits that his “is kind of a Cinderella story.”
That’s an understatement. Frankly, Cinderella wouldn’t believe his story. Cinderella would call it a fairy tale.
Deaf almost since birth, Serero began to regain his hearing after a three-year series of surgeries starting at the age of 9. Later he fell into a career as an opera singer. Now he travels the globe performing concerts featuring Jewish and Russian songs as well as opera and jazz. His only U.S. appearance is in New York on December 19.
Sedrero spoke to the Forward about his early disability, how he became a singer, and, even more unlikely, started singing opera.
Curt Schleier: Tell me a little about your background.
David Serero: When I was 3 months old I had an year infection, otitis. It was not treated or not treated well enough. I was born into a very poor Jewish family. They couldn’t afford the right medicines. It wasn’t until I was 9 years old that my mom took me to an ear specialist. At school, people just thought I was shy when I didn’t answer their questions.
This sounds almost unbelievable. Didn’t your parents notice something was wrong?