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.
The rivalry is with ourself. I try to be better than is possible. I fight against myself, not against the other.
If children are not introduced to music at an early age, I believe something fundamental is actually being taken from them.
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.
Music making is the most joyful activity possible, the most perfect expression of any emotion.
It is a very honest world, our work. I think you cannot fake anything.
Some singers want the audience to love them. I love the audience.
Nothing that has happened has made me feel gloomy or remain depressed. I love my life.
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?
You don't need any brains to listen to music.
I'm a perfectionist, and I always think that I can do better what I have done, even if it's good.
I want to reach as many people as possible with the message of music, of wonderful opera.
It is so important for people at a young age to be invited to embrace classical music and opera.
It is not always a matter of wild ovations and legendary performances. Sometimes you are just happy to get through an opera without trouble.
Horse riding is a perfect comparison with singing.You must know where the double fences are.
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.
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.
The music itself could never take the place of my own passion in life.
I was an elementary school teacher.
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