On the Phone with Marysol Schalit
We could not get through her on the phone to arrange for this Orange Twist Interview. Soprano Marysol Schalit was already so much in her upcoming role as Lucy in Menotti’s “The Telephone” that all lines were busy. Lucky we have e-mail today
1. We all know HELLO STAGE’s favorite color! What is yours?
At the moment it's saffron yellow and blue. And I love everything with blue and white stripes. And I like red!
2. What is the best advice a teacher or mentor has ever given you?
Oh, it's difficult to choose the best, there are so many important ones. For me this advice is most important: to be always well prepared! You have to place and focus the voice perfectly before starting to interpret. Sing with your voice and your heart and be receptive for what’s going on around you. Breathe always the vowel in before singing.
And search, and search, and search until you find the right place where you feel the point. Then never lose it again! ;)
3. How has practicing changed for you over time?
I learned my music always very fast. This was often absolutely practical especially when I didn't have so much time to prepare for a new piece. But, on the other hand, I missed the opportunity to dive really deep into preparation. So I try to take my time for the very important practicing moments, because it lays the foundation for the following steps: it's all about how to practice, with patience and a lot of vowel-training ;).
Everything what's coming later, comes naturally when the basics work.
4. How much time do you spend on the business side of your career every day?
To be honest, not enough. Not every day. But over the last months I tried to work more on it and I now do 30 minutes to 3h every day. It depends on what is coming up or how much time I have besides my daily work at the Theater Bremen. As I am planning to be a freelance singer, I have to spend much more time on it. This gives me a lot of energy and appetite to work further on it.
5. What is the most important trait of a successful artist in today’s world?
It is difficult to identify a single most important trait. I think it is about a combination of different ones. And what does being successful mean? In what dimension?!
I think, if we know ourselves really well, if we live in balance and true to ourselves, we can be open for inspiration. Then everything is possible. We certainly need discipline, patience, serious practicing, musicality, and a lot of courage and authenticity.
In the right combination this lets us shine, lets us send out positive energy, and our music will reach the hearts of people.
6. Coffee or tea? And your most favorite place for it?
I love both :) At home I drink mostly tea - if my friend Sarah is not preparing a coffee for me. But when I'm going to a Cafe I love to drink Cappuccino. My most favorite place here in Bremen is the Coffee Corner
in the beautiful Viertel near the Theatre.
7. The next project/concert/event you are really looking forward to?
The next project close to my heart will be in Vienna on October 25, 2016. I will sing Lucy in “The Telephone” by Menotti with Richard Helm (-> Details
). Our teacher Heidi Brunner is preparing a funny concept for it.
In November I will sing my first Gretel in Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” in a beautiful production at the Theater Bremen
. I am very much looking forward to both productions and I am exciting to sing such beautiful and fascinating roles.
Afterwards I will sing the boy Simplicius in "Simplicius Simplicissimus" by Hartmann also at the Theater Bremen
, another debut for me, followed by Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto. And then Monteverdi's Orfeo at the Opera Bilbao!
What a wonderful season!
Marysol Shalit is a young Swiss soprano currently singing at the Theater Bremen in Germany. She has a brought repertoire from Gluck, to Britten, Mozart, Lehár and others.
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