Tenor Harry Lee is paranoid about getting sick. So much so that he almost never goes out, as losing his voice is his greatest fear. 'This may sound weird and it is certainly anti-social, but I eat raw garlic whenever I feel I'm coming down with a cold,' says Harry, 34. 'As a singer, your body and health are so important.' New York-based Harry, a scion of the Lee Hysan family (his father is the seventh son of Lee Hysan and his cousin is Hysan Development chairman Dr Lee Hon-chiu), gave up a career as a hotelier to pursue his first love - singing. His operatic roles have included Triquet in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Gherardo in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and the first priest in Mozart's Magic Flute. But his favourite is Bellini and he managed to live out his fantasy by performing in the composer's La Sonnambula last year in Vancouver. He also made his debut in Hong Kong last year with a recital at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts. 'All my relatives came in droves to hear me sing. It was wonderful,' says Harry, who will be performing at the academy again on Tuesday in aid of the Children's Thalassaemia Foundation. Harry says his family took his decision to become a singer very well, as 'there are so many businessmen in the family, it is nice to have an artist'. Singing for him is a co-ordination of the muscles in the brain and body or, as his teacher used to say, 'designing on breath'. Harry explains: 'It is important to find the high position and keep sending air to the same spot. But once you hit the right place, it is very simple.' The realisation of his accomplishment really hit home when he gave a recital in the Dominican Republic. Harry says he was besieged by paparazzi and camera crews in a country which worships operatic stars and singers. 'When the flash lights were popping and cameras were rolling, I knew how Rod Stewart felt.'