Interview with Soprano Micaëla Oeste
What do you get out of doing a concert series like Salute to Vienna?
What I love most about doing a series is the camaraderie you achieve with the whole group of performers. A bond forms and I think the audience can feel that. And of course I adore the Viennese music so it's a real joy to be singing these pieces. It's very accessible for the audience so everyone can feel they are a part of something.
How do you spend your time when you aren’t working?
When I am not working I really enjoy horseback riding. I have a wonderful teacher outside of Berlin and I find riding and singing really complement each other. My boyfriend has really gotten me back into poker! I also try to work on new roles, catch up on reading, and try to beat my mother in online word games. She always wins!
What’s your favorite city to work in? What about that city is so special?
This is SUCH a difficult question. I've had the privilege to work in many wonderful places around the world and to name one is almost impossible. I spent a lot of time in Valencia, Spain, and have wonderful memories there. The people were so warm and the food was excellent. The history is fascinating and they are still uncovering remains of the Roman civilization. And one cannot complain when the Mediterranean Sea is right there.
What’s next in your career?
Well, in a singer's life it's not always clear what is next. I will be going back to Opera Monte Carlo next season, which is a dream job! I will also be singing the High Priestess for the World Stadium Tour of Aida. I'm very excited for this as it is a beautiful and massive production and involves real animals!
As far as personal goals in my career, I'd like to tackle some new roles and try to stretch my voice a bit. The learning never ends in this craft and you are constantly refining your skillset. I find that I grow from discomfort and I always try to be better today than I was yesterday. The work is never finished.
Who is your favorite person to travel with? Why?
I travel a lot with my little poodle. He brings joy not only to me but to the people I meet in my travels. He keeps my mind rational and calm. I've had him backstage with me as well and he has become quite the mascot for the concerts I do with Maestro Domingo.
How many years have you performed in Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concerts?
Favourite musical composition?
Mozart's Don Giovanni.
German and English!
Coming home after being gone for a long time.
What are you reading?
We Die Alone by David Howarth.
Favorite thing to eat?
My mother's potato soup with crepes.
Dogs or cats?
Read more about Micaëla here in her biography.