When it becomes clear that no one else shares your level of passion, you are where you belong.
Sometimes pianists try to sound like singers: me personally, I try to sound like a Bösendorfer.
My strength is my enthusiasm.
I hope I have given back half the joy music has given me.
The high note is not the only thing.
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 I won't deprive myself of singing opera as long as my voice follows.
We all have a destiny in accordance with the breadth of our shoulders. My shoulders are broad.
Young singers are much better educated musically, much better informed, through discs and videos, than I was.
But enough joking. I am singing. This is all my life.
When a young artist is ready, one has to bring him into the limelight.
When working with an orchestra, you never spend more than 20 minutes per recording session.
In the last century, everybody was singing lower.
Should it happen tomorrow, I would fall to my knees to give thanks to God for such a career.
I am never wrong when it comes to my possibilities.
I feel like a little boy who is constantly offered new toys.
When I was a young man, I was a baritone, very far from possessing the whole range of the tenor then.
The press regularly proclaims my ambitions and my financial demands.
The public is a part of my real life.
Let us be clear: I take ten times more money for a concert than for an opera performance.
I was married at 16, a father at 17 and divorced at 18.
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.
It is strange, but nobody is shocked when pop singers make a fortune in the space of two years.
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.
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