I think opera has gained a kind of glamorous appeal. It’s a live performance that aligns all of the arts and when it is represented in the media in film in particular it is presented as something that is really a special event whether it’s a great date or something that’s just hugely romantic.
I have had a very difficult time with stage fright it undermines your well-being and peace of mind and it can also threaten your livelihood.
Every singer eventually gets around to a Christmas disc.
For years I had no time for exploratory travel.
Having to travel so much plays havoc with your personal life.
Being steeped in the process of learning and exploring keeps me from becoming too nervous. Partly it’s about not getting bored.
Everybody’s a work in progress. I’m a work in progress. I mean I’ve never arrived… I’m still learning all the time.
Learning operatic roles is ongoing and I find that I can learn on the train or subway during a manicure getting my hair done and even while driving if I only look at the score at red lights.