In'a interview for The Telegraph, the Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho recounts her career since her brother took her with her to attend "La Traviata" in Albanian; since then - as she herself maintains - her spirit has begun to fly.
"Everything was so closed in my communist country that I had to honor the world within myself. The sound of that music allowed me to understand that I could travel with my mind. I began to perceive new possibilities. ”- says the soprano.
The Economist labels Ermonela Jaho as 'the most famous soprano in the world' with unique technical skills, according to most critics.
"Every note, every sound is a part of emotion that comes from the heart. It is as if my soul was stripped while singing and I cannot hide it. ”- continues Ermonela Jaho.
The words 'heart' and 'soul' recur a lot in his speeches, with a profoundly melancholy meaning. This derives in large part from the delicate relationship with the mother, who also had ambitions to become an opera singer.
"She was a very strong woman, but I always noticed when there was pain or sorrow in her face. He was happy for me, but he never had the courage to see me on stage. ”- emphasizes Jaho.
"Communist" training and studies in Italy
The singer also stated that her life under the communist dictatorship had an impact on her tendency to be 'sensitive':
"When you are a child, you must see wonderful things, your life must be full of butterflies. Instead, I saw some things I didn't want to see and that made me unhappy. On the other hand, every dramatic experience has helped my art. "
At 19 years, after winning a competition in Albania, she went to Italy to continue her studies - first in Mantua and then in Rome - winning several competitions.
"During my beginnings I was very scared, because critics always compare you to someone else. Then I realized that it was a matter of taste, I could not please everyone, and from that moment I gained more confidence in my means.”- tells the soprano.
The November 21 Ermonela Jaho was in the Royal Festival Hall in London, where she performed the first act of Puccini's opera "Le Villi" in its original form, collaborating with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
A star life that, however, presents some concerns:
"I'm very worried about age and I'm ashamed to say it. In all of us there is some insecurity, no matter how good you are: there is always the child we were in the past.”- concludes the soprano.