BBC Music Magazine - - THE FULL SCORE -

I re­cently went to see a pro­duc­tion of Billy Budd by Ben­jamin Brit­ten in Madrid’s Teatro Real, di­rected by Deb­o­rah Warner. It’s such a deeply dark opera, with re­ally com­plex char­ac­ters – it’s a hugely in­volved ex­pe­ri­ence. It takes a lot of emo­tional en­ergy to en­gage with it. This pro­duc­tion in par­tic­u­lar obliged you to cen­tre your­self within the mu­sic in a way I’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore.

A few years ago, I was ap­proached in the street and asked if I were the pop singer Pink. I’d never heard of her be­fore so I went and had a look – we do have a sim­i­lar hair­style – and lis­tened to her mu­sic. She’s got a great voice, very pow­er­ful and well trained, but she’s also a very free per­son. She’s not afraid of do­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent. I like her ap­proach to singing and to mu­sic. It’s quite like my own.

De­spite be­ing an opera singer, I lis­ten to a lot of rock and pop mu­sic. No one in my fam­ily lis­tened to clas­si­cal mu­sic when I was grow­ing up, so it’s this sort of mu­sic which re­minds me of home. I’m a big fan of REM and Guns N’ Roses – I re­mem­ber a lot of their songs be­ing played at par­ties at a time when I never imag­ined I’d be an opera singer. This mu­sic is one of my favourite things to lis­ten to when I’m trav­el­ling.

One of the best per­for­mances I’ve ever seen was Bruce Spring­steen. The per­for­mance was so in­cred­i­bly sim­ple. He has such a pow­er­ful voice, and sang non-

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