People think I'm disciplined. It is not discipline. It is devotion. There is a great difference.
One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.
If children are not introduced to music at an early age, I believe something fundamental is actually being taken from them.
The rivalry is with ourself. I try to be better than is possible. I fight against myself, not against the other.
When I'm about to train a new opera, I first listen to how Jussi Björling did it. His voice was unique and it's his path that I want to follow. I would more than anything else wish that people compared me with Jussi Björling. It's like so I'm striving to sing.
I think a life in music is a life beautifully spent, and this is what I have devoted my life to.
Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail.
Nothing that has happened has made me feel gloomy or remain depressed. I love my life.
Music making is the most joyful activity possible, the most perfect expression of any emotion.
Some singers want the audience to love them. I love the audience.
It is a very honest world, our work. I think you cannot fake anything.
If you know why you fall in love, you aren't in love
Am I afraid of high notes? Of course I am afraid. What sane man is not?
Horse riding is a perfect comparison with singing.You must know where the double fences are.
It is so important for people at a young age to be invited to embrace classical music and opera.
You don't need any brains to listen to music.
The reason fat people are happy is that the nerves are well protected.
I am open to everything.
If I could live my life over again, there is one thing I would change. I would want to be able to eat less.
I want to reach as many people as possible with the message of music, of wonderful opera.
In opera, as with any performing art, to be in great demand and to command high fees you must be good of course, but you must also be famous. The two are different things.
Children should be given the chance to play instruments, to sing.
It is not always a matter of wild ovations and legendary performances. Sometimes you are just happy to get through an opera without trouble.
The music itself could never take the place of my own passion in life.
Opera is a beautiful and important diversion for me.
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