Interview with Soprano Patricia Nessy
Patricia Nessy, whose parents were both opera singers, has an extensive repertoire that includes leading roles in Merry Widow, Gypsy Princess, Magic Flute, Cabaret, Funny Girl, and Kiss Me, Kate. Her passion for Viennese operetta is highlighted in her role as artistic director of the Wiener OperettenSommer, in addition to her regular performances with Salute to Vienna.
What do you get out of doing a concert series like Salute to Vienna?
Bringing a part of the “Old World” to the "New World" makes me feel like an ambassador of Viennese music. I get such wonderful responses from the audiences in North America: they are people who either associate this music with their roots or they just love this kind of music that is rarely played in North America.
How do you spend your time when you aren’t working?
I'm always working! But when it really happens that I have spare time, I do Nordic walking through vineyards, or meet with friends at cafés and enjoy the wonderful city of Vienna.
Well it's always the city I’m currently working in. It’s special because I’m there, and every city has its own special audience. But, as it’s said in The Wizard of Oz, "There’s no place like home!” and I love working in Vienna because it’s home.
What's next in your career?
Besides my engagement at the Viennese Volksoper, I will play the main female character in a musical called Santa Maria that has its world premiere in Vienna in the MuseumsQuartier and later on goes on to Deutsches Theatre in Munich.
Who is your favorite person to travel with?
My son! It makes me happy to show him beautiful places and experience the world through his eyes.
How many years have you performed in Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concerts?
I think 15!?
What is your favorite musical composition?
The Four Seasons, Antonio Vivaldi
What languages to you speak?
German and English.
What is your favorite journey?
Going to the sea.
What are you reading right now?
Joachim Mayerhoff’s Ach diese Lücke, diese entsetzliche Lücke
What is your favorite thing to eat?
Salad, Asian, Indian.
Dogs or cats?
The pictures above are all courtesy of Ms. Nessy.