What soprano Samantha Britt finds impressive in Salzburg and Berlin
Recently, this blog has started to publish a series of profiles of young American, Canadian, and British singers who went to Germany to sing and live. Their answers to a small set of questions show what it takes to move to a foreign place, mainly to Berlin, and pursue the career of their dreams.
Where are you from?
What is your Fach?
Since when in Berlin?
My first trip was in 2014
When are you going to go/move to Berlin?
Your favorite role:
It’s hard to choose one! Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor
Best opera production you saw in Germany:
Ariadne auf Naxos at Stuttgart Oper 2014
Craziest opera production you saw in Germany:
It wasn’t in Germany, but in Salzburg, Austria, in 2006, I saw a Don Giovanni which had a rotating stage. During Leporello’s catalogue aria the stage displayed a carousel of examples of Don G’s conquests which included naked women shaving their legs and a girl in a frilly dress around age 8 playing jumprope. Pretty shocking.
Your hero in opera:
Diana Damrau and Maria Callas
Your hero in real life:
My Grandmother, the family’s Scrabble champion, who instilled in me a love of words!
Two things you like about Berlin:
Food Halls and Festivals, always-interesting Graffiti
Two things you don’t like about Berlin:
Grey skies and the lack of public water fountains
A story in which you were glad that you spoke German:
In general, when I want to do a yoga class and the only one available is in German, I’m very glad I know my “rechtes Bein” from my “linkes Bein”.
A story in which you made an embarrassing mistake in German (if you want to tell):
I can only think of the times when I accidentally said sexual slang while speaking “Denglish”! Otherwise Germans have been forgiving and helped me through my grammatical errors.
Your most recent performance:
Soprano solos in Carmina Burana with Camerata Orchestra NYC
Your next project, performance, and where:
Sister Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites with Sakrale Oper Berlin
Your favorite German word:
(Also hard to choose!) Augenblick, it’s so much more descriptive than “moment”
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