I have to take care of myself. It's about self-preservation.
One of the things I loved about my childhood was that I didn't feel like I lost my innocence too young, like some children these days.
Outreach appearances in the schools are usually part of my contracts, and I love doing them.
In a fit at the bookstore one day, I bought all my favourite composers' biographies: Schubert, Massenet, Wolf. I've still not had a chance to read them; it breaks my heart. But when you travel so much, you just can't take that many books with you.
I'm a huge dog person; I love to hug and kiss them.
I spent my first 10 years in the Commonwealth. I come from cricket, crumpets, cucumber sandwiches, the Queen.
I've always been a bit dressed up, even on casual days. I suppose that's the performer in me.
I've always considered myself to be a travelling soul. I've never felt out of place anywhere.
Mozart is my first strength.
My dad's in banking, my mum manages the American branch of a Swiss vitamin company; they're really busy, but they still come to all my premieres.
My Mozart career began as a teenager in Los Angeles, singing arias from 'Le Nozze di Figaro' and 'Don Giovanni.'
Music can be a source of escapism.
I know there are lots of regional accents in England, but I can't tell them apart and I'm not really aware of class. I don't pay any attention to those boundaries. I'm a California girl.
My professional life shouldn't be an influence on whether I spend time at home. My career is my whole life's blood. It's my calling.
From my perspective, music allows me to escape from the world of what is happening right in front of me... to the world of my thoughts, my dreams, my hopes and ideas - for the world, for my own life, for the day, even for the moment.
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