This week we have the pleasure of presenting Nina Adlon, a highly praised and charming soprano voice! Nina recently had a very successful and interesting concert with Nelson Müller - read all about it in the Orange Twist!
We all know HELLO STAGE’s favorite color! What’s yours?
Soft pink, because it's the color that protects women. An aborigine healer once told me this on a concert tour in Australia.
What was the best advice a teacher ever gave you?
Over the years I have had so many teachers, and from everyone you take a little with you.
But one thing always resonates, actually two: Be a woman and have fun with it, and; take the time to find yourself and then BE yourself.
How has your practice changed with time?
Because I feel so safe now when it comes to technique - my current coach Professor Klaushofer gave me this - I can concentrate more on content and have become faster at learning and adjusting.
What do you think is the most important trait of a successful artist in today’s modern world?
Voice. Appearance. Management. Networking - and professionalism. In a sense you have to be a juggler on a high wire, jumping rope on one foot and singing, all the while making it look as if it's the easiest thing on earth to do.
How much time do you spend every day on Facebook, Twitter, and which other ways do you use to promote yourself?
Since joining Hello Stage I also rejoined Facebook. The two go hand in hand. Now it's ten minutes on Facebook and twenty on Hello Stage. Then it's back to the music.
Tell us more about your recent charity concert with Nelson Müller!
This was such a beautiful event, that sold out within minutes. "Menschen Mögliches" is a foundation that is very dear to me. It is based in my home town of Essen and focuses on giving professional assistance to people that are facing their own death as well as the family members that are confronted with it. This is not just death because of old age, but also because of sickness or accidents. In art - operas, literature or movies, death is often a component of dramatic structure. But in real life it's almost a taboo. Nobody ever talks about it, and many families deal with the trauma on their own, and often the children are left behind with these terrible emotions. So often we are left alone in that final chapter of our lives, because nobody knows how to deal with it yet we all go through it. "Menschen Mögliches" seeks to comfort all that are involved and make the passage easier.
Nelson Müller is a good friend. I love his cooking, it is food for the soul. And then to top it, he can SING! And just like his food, his voice is soulful. We sang a duet... "Have yourself a merry little Christmas" It's so much fun how his soul singing and my classical voice come together. At first we both thought "is this going to work?" And then in the first rehearsal it felt and sounded so wonderful.
You have a taste for dramatic flair with Wagner and Strauss…any more Mozart coming up soon :)?
I sang so much Mozart in my past and to this day I love it. Now my focus is on Strauss and Wagner but Mozart still is extremely important for me because he demands technique and keeps my voice lean and on point. So yes, Mozart's Donna Anna and Contessa are still in my repertoire.
Keep with Nina Adlon on HELLO STAGE!