A great voice rises in the bucolic mountain landscape

After a successful opening weekend the concert week begins with an evening devoted entirely to the magnificent music of the Baroque. The Zurich Orchestra La Scintilla and the French soprano Julie Fuchs give a guest performance in Klosters. Klosters Music spoke to the evening’s soloist Julie Fuchs in the run-up to the concert.

When and why did you decide to spend your life with music?

I didn’t! As a child, I loved dancing, and also took violin lessons. After being introduced to making music with the violin, a few years later, I joined a children’s choir and shifted my focus to singing, which I loved even more! I continued to study music and also theater to see where it would lead me, but there wasn’t really a point when I decided that this would for sure be my career…I was just going with the flow and doing what I loved! 

The works you sing in Klosters: What is your relationship to them?

Baroque music has always been part of my artistic life. I think its really the beginning of Bel Canto. It touches my heart directly and it’s a musical style which gives a lot of freedom to the interpreters. And I love freedom.

For the future: What would be your dream regarding singing? Any special works? And if yes: Why?

I am very lucky that I have sung and will sing several of my dream roles, and that there are two more dream role debuts to come during this 2021/22 season, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, and Melisande in Pelléas et Mélisande. In general, keeping my repertoire varied while including a lot of Mozart and bel canto is a priority. I would love to sing Manon and Violettta one day, but I have to see how my voice continues to develop! 

Regarding Klosters: What are you looking forward to?

While part of the ensemble at the Opernhaus Zürich, I fell in love with beautiful Switzerland, so I am always happy to discover and perform in different areas of this beautiful country. Most often, opera houses are in big cities, yet I love being in nature, so I am also excited to be in such a bucolic setting in the mountains, and share this music that I love with a new audience. 

Anything else you would like to say? 

I start my season with Poppea in L’incoronazione di Poppea in one of my favorite productions of all time by Calixto Bieito. If those that live in Kloster or near Zürich would like to see me in an opera, I can’t recommend this amazing piece enough! Here is the trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyZqSr8Z-Ho