03rd March 2016
What makes you jump out of your bed every morning?
My schedule! I always have a plan. Sometimes it is a super busy schedule, sometimes it is every day things I have to do and sometimes the plan is to rest so I then don’t have to get up. I love doing planned things and that’s what makes me get up in the mornings, so I can finish them and make some more plans!
What is your favourite role to sing at the moment?
I always try to enjoy every single role that I sing. I make sure that I do my best so that my heroine becomes alive on stage.
Cio-Cio San in Madam Butterfly
I like a lot of Opera’s. A lot. I love Verdi Opera’s and Puccini. I really admire composers like Berg, Strauss and Weinberg. I love bright heroines. I enjoy singing roles of villains, its always interesting and deep.You can make up a whole story as to why your character is so evil. Maybe she is in pain or sad. The one Opera that stands out for me is Pucccini’s Opera – Turandot. In time I would love to sing both women’s roles in Opera.
If you could sing anywhere in the world (not just in theatre) where would it be?
I can’t name a particular place in the world. I really like Saint Petersburg and Russia. I love Italy. I like England more and more ;-). When I start thinking where I would like to sing it’s not a place but the professional people around me that I think of. I imagine the highest quality around me and my constant development and maybe imposable goals that I would like to achieve on stage.
Cio-Cio San and Suzuki
Best bits about England?
Open spaces, sheep, fields, boundless sky which reminds me of Russia.I have not seen enough of London as I had an important performance there but I felt that London is a special city with it’s own particular atmosphere.
Tell us something about yourself that no one knows.
No one knows that I am a small coward inside. How I get nervous before the performance. If anyone had a chance to hear some of my thought, they would not understand me.
How do you relax after an important performance?
I like to be with my colleagues and people who were involved in the performance. I like to reflect on a good performance and move on to the next performance and plan new targets and goals.
Favourite Opera singer?
My answer will be ordinary. It is Maria Callas. She is not just a singer but an actor as well. I admire her not only for her voice but how she lived on stage and acted the role of her character.
If you could take anyone to dinner who would you take?
I would invite Joseph Brodsky. I think with him it will be a very interesting evening. We would have had a great time in one of the restaurants in Venice. However, he is dead so that would not be possible.
What’s your life motto?
‘Love life in all its manifestations’. ‘Live and let others live as well’.
‘Live and enjoy every minute.’
22nd September 2015
Irina Bozhenko, who has starred in operas across the globe, and will be making guest appearances in the leading role of Violetta, for performances in Harrogate, Llandudno, Blackburn, Darlington, Stockport and York.
|Mon||28-Sep||Harrogate, Royal Hall||01423 502 116|
|Tue||29-Sep||Llandudno, Venue Cymru||01492 872 000|
|Fri||02-Oct||Stockport, The Plaza||01614 777 779|
|Sun||04-Oct||Blackburn, King Georges Hall||0844 847 1664|
|Tue||06-Oct||Darlington, Civic Theatre||01325 486 555|
|Wed||07-Oct||York, Barbican||0844 854 2757|
How old were you when you realised that you wanted to be an Opera singer?
I used to sing in kinder garden and then in school where I was part of the school choir. I went through a stage of trying to be like Whitney Huston. Especially, I used to love singing when I did chores at home.
What do you do after a performance?
We have a tradition with the cast – After any premiere we get together to celebrate and discuss the performance. We are all together in it, rehearsals, stress, and performances, so it’s important to share the feelings with each other and get it out of your chest.
I have met some Opera singers that would wake up in the middle of the night to go through their lines. How do you separate work from home?
I never bring my work home. Although sometimes if I can’t get things right I moan to my husband. He is a good musician so he understands what I am talking about.
What do you like doing in your free time?
I like to cook and being outside. Nothing extraordinary. Being surrounded by nature calms me down. It’s important for me to switch off at the right moment. We give so much emotion on stage it’s vital to recharge.
If you could, what message will you give to the audience?
Don’t be shy to show your emotions, it is really important for us. At the end of the day we are singing for you!
The opera is being performed by The Russian State Opera as part of the company’s UK wide opera tour from September to mid October 2015.
For information and tickets for La Traviata, please visit amande-concerts.co.uk/la-traviata