I think that if we want classical music to reach out to younger people, we have to be able to welcome them in the first place. And by that I mean that any form of adaptation, manipulation, sampling of classical works, has to be seen in a positive light, rather than as a menace to their integrity.
Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music and who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life
The biggest thrill of my life was making my Carnegie Hall debut with the Fauré Requiem; the sound of that hall is just incredible! I have sung there three times in different contexts, and it’s not only beautiful, it’s historic. The energy you feel looking out at the loges from the stage of the Isaac Stern Auditorium is just awe inspiring.
If my audience is moved, entertained, challenged, provoked, consoled, informed, inspired – or any combination of the above – then I feel I have been successful in doing my job.
I’m a storyteller, I’m always looking for the invisible threads that tie things together.
I want aspiring musicians to know that there is not one singular way to be a musician and that there is not one path to take to be a musician. You can create the career you want! And even if you don’t want music to be your career, you can still be a musician