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" And if I don't sing, I don't get paid. "
" Artists shouldn't deal with business stuff; that's not what we're trained in, and most of us aren't good at it. "
" When I teach master classes, I tell young singers if the foundation isn't good, the house will crumble. "
" I perform in opera houses in the centres of big cities. We live in 20 acres of forest. You need that space to recover and renew. "
" I know I'm an opera singer, but we're actors, too. "
" You go to the gym to make sure you have the stamina to breathe in the corsets. "
" I don't like happy stuff. I'm not funny. "
" You have to be in tune with your body and know when your body is saying, 'That's enough, you're done for the day.' If you over-fatigue and are totally stressed, you get sick. And if I get sick, I can't work. "
" I guess my first professional experience was when my church choir director told my mother that I had a gift with my voice and said that I should think about auditioning, at 11 years old, for the chorus of our regional opera company. "
" If I can transport audiences for the three or four hours they're at the opera, to make them forget all of their worries, the bills they have to pay and all that, then I've done my job. That, for me, is very gratifying. "
" For sure, one moment really defined the path that I was to take in the future, and that was when I won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York in April of 1995. I had just turned 25 two days before the finals concert, and when I won, I had no idea how my life would change because of it. "
" Even when I'm not onstage singing, there's always music going on in my head. It's a curse and a blessing in a way - it's sitting in bed at night, trying to go to sleep, while the music keeps playing in your head - especially when you're trying to learn something new and you're trying to memorize it and get everything. "
" After I turn 50, I would like to sing Verdi's 'Attila.' "
" I think the power of opera has been shifted from the music to the director, because this is a very visual age that we live in. "
" What if you didn't have education for sports? People with a natural inclination for sports, athletes without any kind of education, without any kind of training, they would just be couch athletes instead of the world class Olympians that we have. "
" I don't like confrontation; I just like to sing. "
" My roots really instilled Chicago values in me. "
" I'm American by birth, but I consider myself Canadian. "
" When I was signing up for the University of Southern California's music program, I flipped a coin to decide my major. If it came up heads, it would be flute - tails would be voice. "
" For me, bel canto is medicine for the voice. "
" Singing bel canto is like walking on a tightrope - especially with a larger voice like mine. "
" Temperament and tightness often go together. But if you're tight, you can't sing. So I have to have that tension in my body but not in my voice. "
" When I am on the opera stage, I am playing someone else. In recitals, I even have the chance to talk to the audience, which is something you don't get to do in opera. "
" I'm going to the gym and really taking care of myself and trying to stay fit, eating properly. "
" I tell young singers not to listen to themselves. What I hear is not what you hear. "
" People have this idea that opera singers are overweight and sit at home eating bonbons. But I consider myself an athlete. "
" When I was 11 years old, I wanted to sing Tosca. "
" I absolutely love Canada, and I wouldn't live anywhere else. It's half American and half European, and I really enjoy that. And the people are just fantastic - nicer than any people in the world. "
" Most voices get weaker and frailer. I seem to be getting better with age. "
" I walk around the house in my pajamas all day if I want to. "
" You went to your first Broadway play or musical at some point, right? Come to opera. "