When it becomes clear that no one else shares your level of passion, you are where you belong.
The high note is not the only thing.
I hope I have given back half the joy music has given me.
Sometimes pianists try to sound like singers: me personally, I try to sound like a Bösendorfer.
When I was a young man, I was a baritone, very far from possessing the whole range of the tenor then.
I then realized that I could never be satisfied again with the mere natural charm of my voice, that I had to constantly paint when singing, melting all the colors, expressing reds and blacks that had to be less primary but bursting with subtly colored combinations.
But enough joking. I am singing. This is all my life.
But I won't deprive myself of singing opera as long as my voice follows.
Young singers are much better educated musically, much better informed, through discs and videos, than I was.
The press regularly proclaims my ambitions and my financial demands.
The public is a part of my real life.
When working with an orchestra, you never spend more than 20 minutes per recording session.
Between parts I was too old for and roles that were too overwhelming, out of reach then for my voice. I carved out a niche with the Wagnerian repertoire since I am attracted by its theatrical intensity.
Should it happen tomorrow, I would fall to my knees to give thanks to God for such a career.
The public made me and then encouraged me for many years, and my future even now depends upon it.
What is sad is not to be able to do today what you have done in your youth. But what is good is to remember that - when you were able - you did it to the best of your ability.
I attended less than two years of Conservatory in Mexico City.
This season, over eight productions, I am presenting four young tenors.
I feel at home in an orchestral score.
I feel like a little boy who is constantly offered new toys.
When a young artist is ready, one has to bring him into the limelight.
When facing symphonic orchestras which have played some works five thousands times, you have nothing to do.
When you are confronted with an opera, you have to keep an eye on everything: the musicians, the chorus, the ballet, the singers, the staging.
In the last century, everybody was singing lower.
Honestly, if the public still wants to hear me in some works, I have to go down a half step.
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