Aspiring autistic opera singer shares Bring Him Home from Les Miserables

Daniel Docherty

By Daniel Docherty

I am enamoured with the *pulchritudinious art form that is singing and I am an avid writer in my spare time. Singing is my main passion. I aspire to one day be a professional singer. My prefered genre of singing is classical/opera and swing.

I take immense influence from some of the greats such Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. I have profound respect for these highly prestigeous artists and idolize them. I am currently studying psychology with arts in Waterford Institute of Technology. I am majoring in psychology and taking both Sociology and English as my minors. I feel that this has improved my writing abilities and has certainly allowed me to articulate my command of the English lexicon to its optimum potential. I also recently joined the W.I.T Musical Society. This has presented me with another avenue to express myself musically and helps me exhibit my talent to a wider audience. I am extremely grateful for all the opportunities that have come my way and strive to take full advantage of them to become successful in my various areas of expertise.

*Editor’s note: pulchritudinious means breathtaking, heartbreaking beauty. I had to look it up.


My name is Daniel Docherty. I am 18 years old and reside in Kilkenny, Ireland. I am an aspiring singer and also go to the gym 3 times a week. I study psychology in Waterford Institute of Technology and have and interest in story writing and poetry.  I have been singing for as long as I can remember. I was diagnosed with autism in March, 2014 at the age of fourteen. It was a moment of relief for me. I was diagnosed with ASD from the DSM V, but I was told that if I was diagnosed under the DSM 4 I would be diagnosed as having Aspergers syndrome.


  • Dear Daniel,
    You doubtless have many talents to explore in the course of your life. There will be time for all of them. Remember, an opera singer is always learning [being coached/ critiqued]. Learn from several singers. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa did. You are interested in two diverse genres – opera and cabaret. You may have to make a choice – Kiri did – and was always sorry she chose opera. Her heart was in cabaret….. another Tina Turner at heart. Ah, well, that’s life.
    I am both a painter and musician [organist / choral conductor / musicologist] and have only been able to work at one at a time. Now is painting time – bigtime – and I am 76 – lately aware of a lifetime as an undiagnosed Aspie wondering what was “wrong” with me. You are so lucky to have an early diagnosis. Go well.

  • By the way, a great voice for an eighteen year old. Good breathing. Good pitch. Still a young voice yet to develop. Don’t thrash your voice. Need to relax a bit more in your voice production. But that will come. By your twenties, I will look forward to hearing you on stage. Prepare for study in London in the meantime, including music theory. Guildhall or similar. Make contact with Bryn Terfel.

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