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.
We all have a destiny in accordance with the breadth of our shoulders. My shoulders are broad.
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.
I am never wrong when it comes to my possibilities.
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.
I feel like a little boy who is constantly offered new toys.
But I won't deprive myself of singing opera as long as my voice follows.
My strength is my enthusiasm.
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.
If money was my only motivation, I would organize myself differently.
To stay at my best, I have to stop talking during the preceding day.
Honestly, if the public still wants to hear me in some works, I have to go down a half step.
Don't you think it astonishing that, at 58, I am still working at improving my career?
I'm not superstitious because it brings bad luck.
With my personal preparation at the piano, I can afford to hum at half voice.
On the other hand, I have devoted so much energy to reach the top that I accept the stress of being there.
I attended less than two years of Conservatory in Mexico City.
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.
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.
The atmosphere of the theater is my oxygen.
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