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.
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.
The press regularly proclaims my ambitions and my financial demands.
When I was a young man, I was a baritone, very far from possessing the whole range of the tenor then.
The voice collects and translates your bad physical health, your emotional worries, your personal troubles.
Don't you think it astonishing that, at 58, I am still working at improving my career?
When working with an orchestra, you never spend more than 20 minutes per recording session.
I am never wrong when it comes to my possibilities.
Honestly, if the public still wants to hear me in some works, I have to go down a half step.
In the last century, everybody was singing lower.
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.
To stay at my best, I have to stop talking during the preceding day.
The atmosphere of the theater is my oxygen.
My strength is my enthusiasm.
I have always studied my parts with the orchestral score and not with the piano reduction.
I will prove that a great conducting career is expecting me.
On the other hand, I have devoted so much energy to reach the top that I accept the stress of being there.
If money was my only motivation, I would organize myself differently.
I'm not superstitious because it brings bad luck.
We all have a destiny in accordance with the breadth of our shoulders. My shoulders are broad.
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