I had a great time chatting with Eugenio Refini of MusicPaper.it about my upcoming Lucia at the Teatro alla Scala as well as other musical insights.
At the time of this interview she is in Paris, where she plays Ophélie in Ambroise Thomas' opera Hamlet, another role that requires extraordinary vocal skills and great emotional commitment. How does her work on Ophélie, who owes a lot to Lucia (just think of the scene of madness), affect her understanding of her Donizetti character?
“I think Ophélie's journey is much sadder; but it is also a path that leads her to be manipulated by the pressures and unjust circumstances that surround her. Ophélie finds herself in the midst of an intense emotional battle between her lover and her family; she is insulted, hurt and pushed aside. It is sad that she takes her own life, but, like Lucia, she has a choice to make, and, in this situation, that choice is her only escape.'