Méphistophélès in Faust, which I'll sing in 2015. I've done Boito's Mefistofele. I'm really in love with this kind of music, even though I'm a good guy. The more I think about the afterlife, it's a mystery that attracts me more.
No Wagner now, but maybe in ten years. Wotan is a dream. I'm really slow in deciding what to sing.
I really love both, and that's the beautiful thing about this job. You can really fly along with the music and really get into the clothes of the character you play. The satisfaction is not in the applause, it's in how you interpret the role.
Oh, it's my life! It's so attuale [relevant]. Something like Così fan tutte could really happen. Mozart is so simple and perfect. I think that he came from another world.
Mozart is my first choice, but some music directors forget that you have the capacity to do other things. They'll see a singer as only a Wagnerian, or a Donizettiano or a Mozartean. I like to do everything: Verdi, Mozart, Rossini....
My father was a musician. He wanted to name me Radames, but my mother said no. When I was a teenager, I was singing in a chorus and the director brought in the mezzo-soprano Monica Bacelli to help us with our singing. She told me that I had a beautiful voice and she started to teach me. My first opera was Don Giovanni, when I was 16. The finale was completely amazing.
I'm very happy with the Deutsche Grammophon album of Handel arias. The agility and the range of these arias work really well for me.
It was Carlos Kleiber. Now it's Christian Thielemann.
Movies. It's like a dream to be here in Los Angeles, the patria. I went to Universal Studios, and it's unbelievable how everything looks completely different from what you see on TV.
Don Giovanni. Let's leave the reason as a mystery. Giovanni would never reveal his secrets.
Theater of Voices
Royal Opera House
Massenet Don Quichotte
Mariinsky Opera Orch
Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus