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.
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.
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.
The press regularly proclaims my ambitions and my financial demands.
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.
To stay at my best, I have to stop talking during the preceding day.
In the last century, everybody was singing lower.
When I was a young man, I was a baritone, very far from possessing the whole range of the tenor then.
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.
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.
When a young artist is ready, one has to bring him into the limelight.
This season, over eight productions, I am presenting four young tenors.
When working with an orchestra, you never spend more than 20 minutes per recording session.
Don't you think it astonishing that, at 58, I am still working at improving my career?
The voice collects and translates your bad physical health, your emotional worries, your personal troubles.
On the other hand, I have devoted so much energy to reach the top that I accept the stress of being there.
I will prove that a great conducting career is expecting me.
I have always studied my parts with the orchestral score and not with the piano reduction.
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