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.
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 hope I have given back half the joy music has given me.
I am never wrong when it comes to my possibilities.
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.
My strength is my enthusiasm.
The voice collects and translates your bad physical health, your emotional worries, your personal troubles.
But enough joking. I am singing. This is all my life.
I feel like a little boy who is constantly offered new toys.
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.
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.
I'm not superstitious because it brings bad luck.
Singing becomes a form of therapy.
On the other hand, I have devoted so much energy to reach the top that I accept the stress of being there.
The atmosphere of the theater is my oxygen.
When facing symphonic orchestras which have played some works five thousands times, you have nothing to do.
It is strange, but nobody is shocked when pop singers make a fortune in the space of two years.
Every three days on average, I am alone on stage, facing the public.
To stay at my best, I have to stop talking during the preceding day.
I was married at 16, a father at 17 and divorced at 18.
Let us be clear: I take ten times more money for a concert than for an opera performance.
When a young artist is ready, one has to bring him into the limelight.
But I won't deprive myself of singing opera as long as my voice follows.
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