OPERA singer David Serero has a busy month coming up, writes SIMON YAFFE.
His new album All I Care About Is Love is released on June 3, he has a concert at London's Bush Hall on June 18 and he has arranged the London Musical Film Festival three days earlier.
The French baritone has already given more than 500 concerts and performances throughout the world.
He has performed at the Opéra Garnier, L'Olympia and the Eiffel Tower, at Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall and the Budapest Opera, where he was conducted by Placido Domingo.
His latest album will feature Broadway musical classics such as Fiddler On The Roof, sung in both English and French, Chicago, Ol' Man River and a duet with Jermaine Jackson called Autumn Leaves.
"I think the album is one that a lot of people will like because it features very crossover music," David said.
"I enjoyed doing the Broadway classics, particularly If I Was A Rich Man in both English and French. I kind of think of that as my signature song."
A strong supporter of Israel, the 31-year-old has also performed for Israeli president Shimon Peres and prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
And he sang both La Marseilles and Hatikva at a Bastille Day celebration at the French embassy in Tel Aviv last July.
David's father, Moroccan-born Marcel met his wife, Shoshana, in Israel. They moved to Paris as he had many relatives there.
"We were a normal Jewish family - as normal as a Jewish family can be," David laughed.
"We observed the festivals, but not much else - my parents never prohibited us from doing things."
But David did not have it easy while at school - because he was Jewish.
He said he was regularly beaten up, mainly by Arab youths.
"Whenever I complained to my teacher, they would not believe me," David recalled. "They thought I must have done something to provoke it.
"It was a shame because my father came from an Arab country and raised me to see the Arabs as friends.
"The older Arabs in France are fine, it is the younger ones who are the problem, the second or third generation.
"They have a problem with Israel and do not differentiate between Israelis and Jews. Many Jews are leaving France for Israel.
"The French government are hypocrites because they say they condemn antisemitism, but then they do not want to make tough decisions because there are so many Arabs in Paris and in France. They are afraid of them."
David made his operatic debut singing Scarpia (Tosca) and Germont (La Traviata) in the same year.
He received an invitation to be part of the prestigious Young Soloists Academy of the Mariinsky Theatre - and became the first non-Russian to be part of the academy.
He will bring the Musical Film Festival to the UK for the first time on June 15 and 16.
He founded the festival in Paris in 2012 to huge success.
"It was the first festival in the world dedicated to musical films," he recalled. "I thought it would be a good way to take the music from the movies and bring them to people."
Last year he released his debut album, The Baritone Show, which included numbers from his signature role of Don Quixote from Man of La Macha.
David is also planning a Ladino album, which is appropriate given his Sephardi background.
He added: "I love the culture, but want to combine it with classical operatic music. It will be a new approach.
"There will be some jazz in there, too."
David also revealed that he will hopefully be taking Jermaine - brother of music icon Michael - to Israel soon.
"We are hoping to perform together in Tel Aviv," he said.