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.
Sometimes pianists try to sound like singers: me personally, I try to sound like a Bösendorfer.
We all have a destiny in accordance with the breadth of our shoulders. My shoulders are broad.
I hope I have given back half the joy music has given me.
My strength is my enthusiasm.
When working with an orchestra, you never spend more than 20 minutes per recording session.
But enough joking. I am singing. This is all my life.
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 am never wrong when it comes to my possibilities.
Should it happen tomorrow, I would fall to my knees to give thanks to God for such a career.
When I was a young man, I was a baritone, very far from possessing the whole range of the tenor then.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The public made me and then encouraged me for many years, and my future even now depends upon it.
The public is a part of my real life.
To stay at my best, I have to stop talking during the preceding day.
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