Marina Rebeka : Norma changed my life !
Marina Rebeka is magnificent as Amelia in Salzburg’s Simon Boccanegra (see here). We have met with her before she takes over Bellini’s Norma in Toulouse next month.
How special is it for you being in Salzburg for a long run of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra ?
Singing in Salzburg again after 10 years is like coming home after a long journey. The same people are working backstage, the same thorough approach and care, wonderful friends and colleagues and great nature to enjoy in free time. It is one of best places to be.
You do sing eclectic roles with equal success ! Is it challenging or rather stimulating to move across such different parts ?
Moving across different type of parts is challenging for me not only as a singer but also as an actress. I find it fascinating to change, to adapt, to create.
French audience is eagerly preparing to listen to your Norma next month in Toulouse. How important is this major bel canto role for you ?
Norma is a life-changing role for me. It is the reason why I became an opera singer. It had a huge influence on my life ! The character is very complex, has so many shades and sides – she is a warrior, witch, lover, mother, and daughter! In Norma we see love, hate, wisdom, passion, friendship, jealousy, the whole palette of emotional and vocal colors, living together in the same person. Norma is one of my most beloved roles and each time I sing it, I feel as if it is a role debut.
Thanks a lot Marina and see you in Toulouse !
Visuel : © Paul Fourier