Thank you so much to Polina Lyapustina for talking with me for Operawire and coming to see my Elisir at the Opéra national de Paris! It was a really fantastic interview and I loved the questions that you asked.
OW: This year you had several recitals. How do you choose what to perform? And what is the most important and exciting thing about the concerts?
LO: I have a hard time with it, because there’s a lot of repertoire that I like, and I try to find things that are new.
I try to sing songs and lieder that I don’t know yet because I want it to be a challenge. I prepare my own translations, I prepare my own programs, and it’s a lot of very personal work. I think preparing recitals is more work than preparing a role. You have to make all the final decisions: tempo, pianist, what you want to wear, what order you’re doing. That’s great. I like it so much, but it’s hard work.