Lisette Oropesa in New Orleans
Interview


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Our sense of hearing shares intriguing connections to other senses. From your experience, what are some of the most inspiring overlaps between different senses - and what do they tell us about the way our senses work? What happens to sound at its outermost borders?

"Sound hits people differently because I think everyone listens differently. When you are watching a movie, the director points the camera exactly where he wants you to look. And you get it. But in an operatic performance, you are getting a full orchestra plus a stage full of artists, and you can look wherever you please, or listen to whatever you want to focus on. I think people see what they want to see sometimes, and I also think people listen with their eyes sometimes. If you come to a show looking for something specific, you will either find it or be disappointed. But if you come with an open mind, you might get a different experience. As far as all those things triggering an emotional response, well that is usually what we are after. I’m so happy when people tell me that they cried during the performance or that they felt an incredible sense of joy … any feeling, really. It’s powerful what we do."
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