HL: In Sweden, people like to sing- on big parties and for holidays there are songs everybody knows. Many drinking songs. In the summer, they organize big outdoor sing-along concerts, which are also covered on the TV. These shows have the highest ratings every week. I think, it's because people sing much in general that many classical singers come from Sweden. The "classic scene" is not big.
HL: I love singing opera! I like it because I can use my whole body and being to express what needs to be expressed. The singing is then only a part of the package.I will have to keep the voice loud enough and clear enough for people to get the overall message. Opera is also very much a group effort, where I as an individual singer don't have much influence over many things such as: costume, lighting, wigs, staging, most of the time even, musical tempo and style is on this list as well. As an opera singer you will have to fit into the creation of the director and conductor. It's great if you agree with their visions and difficult when you don't.
|Hélène Lindqvist as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar (Carola Hölting) Ulm|
HL: I grew up with the Swedish songs. As I started taking vocal coaching at the age of 16, this was very much the material that came first for me. Its sooooo dear to me, it lets you feel the forests and fjords and the feel of the country's "heart" immediately.
Smorg: How is it like working with Philipp Vogler in recitals and with The Art Song Project?
HL: Working with Philipp is great! We were colleagues at the opera house in Saarbrücken, Germany, and were musical partners a few years before we got together personally an then eventually married in 2000. We have played a great deal of music together since!
Smorg: What makes the project worthwhile to you?
HL: It's worthwhile in so many ways. I can share music that I have found and grown to love, I spend fun time with my husband, I can explore and refine my art in a way that gives me great freedom- AND I have had so many mails from people saying they enjoy our stuff, which is extremely rewarding.
|Hélène Lindqvist as Pierrot Lunaire (Carola Hölting) Ulm|
HL: This is a difficult question! :) Some is about the chemistry in the room... When I perform within the parameters I've set up for myself; I'm happy...
Smorg: Any plan on a recital tour or opera performance in the United States in the future? :oD
HL: I'd love to perform in the US, but have no plan as for now... (Find someone to invite me! :)