‘Singing is my destiny, my lot; it is my great passion, an obsession, you might say. If I haven’t sung for a week, my personality loses it’s sparkle. To sing is a necessity, it is my life. I was born with it. It is a self-centered profession.
Though I have followed various courses and master classes, ‘the essential thing’ was to find my own sense of truth. Finding what is characteristically me! Being able to find and imagine the sound you wish to hear. The influences of others I integrate into my own truth. Besides my concerts with orchestras and my operatic roles, I am devoted to chamber music. When singing “lieder”, accompanied either by piano or and ensemble, I feel most true to myself and the composer. Here the beauty of the music is often determined by the art of “leaving out” or omission. I often feel this very strongly when I am singing Mahler: when I achieve the precise emotion, then I need add nothing beyond this – it is a ‘given’, it just happens.
I always wanted to be on stage, loved to be occupied with things musical. According to my mother, even at the age of two I was singing along with the radio. I became a member of musical society but to my regret, I was only given boys’ roles. Perhaps that was because I had a rather low voice or because I was so independant. A tree-climber, that’s me, though I dreamt of playing the role of the princess”.
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