French soprano Fleur Mino's concert of Broadway showtunes happens this week on 3 and 4 June 2015. This is a versatile singer who's professional credits range from Pamina in The Magic Flute and Maria in The Sound of Music. I have a chat with her to find out more:
Click here to read our earlier feature about Fleur Mino's debut concert.
The Mad Scene: Why pick a programme of Broadway songs for your debut concert in Singapore?
Fleur Mino: I have been working on Broadway songs for a few years. I was studying Classical repertory at the conservatoire de Paris when I saw The Fiddler in the Roof... it was a very emotional experience and I became a fan of Broadway music. This repertory is for me a beautiful balance between art music and popular music. I wish to express the same emotions in my singing that I receive from these songs.
The Mad Scene: Why do you wish to do a concert here?
Fleur Mino: It´s my first time in Singapore. I was very curious to discover this amazing town, full of energy, focused on the future. In France, we learn our history and here in Singapore, they're writing their history! I'm very impressed by the strength of this people!
The Mad Scene: What do you look forward to your trip here?
Fleur Mino: At this time in my career, I want to go and meet the world. I'm impatient to know more about the audience in Singapore. You know, when you sing, you give the best of you and you receive a lot too, it's really an exchange. Sharing our feelings, it is a universal language. I hope this concert would be the beginning of others collaborations in Asia.
The Mad Scene: Given that you have done so many performances, describe one or two performances that you think is your best?
Fleur Mino: I sang Pamina from The Magic Flute in Paris, It was my first big role and it's a beautiful souvenir. I really like the emotional journey of Pamina. I have a delicious souvenir of The Sound of Music in Brussels where I sang Maria, Julie Andrew's role in the classic movie version. We were really a family on stage, it was a pleasure to sing with very generous persons.
The Mad Scene: Tell us the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you mid-performance.
Fleur Mino: Something that you should understand here in Singapore: I was singing The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell at Tour Royale in Toulon. After my aria, I had to stay a few minutes on stage without moving... The Tour Royal is in the middle of the sea, and there was many mosquitoes because of the lights... So during 10 very long minutes, I saw mosquitoes pricking my arms without being able to move!
The Mad Scene: What projects are on your schedule after this concert in Singapore?
Fleur Mino: I'm already working on my CD: A Century of Women in Love. I will sing French lyrical repertory from the 1850s to 1950s. I think that the French Heroines speak well about love!
The Mad Scene: What is it like working with your accompanist Kevin Amos? (Have you worked with him before?)
Fleur Mino: I met Kevin on a Masterclass. I was really shy, It seems to me that I had not spoken a word during the two weeks of session... only singing. Music seems easier when you sing with Kevin! He is a very gentle teacher but a very professional collaborator. He doesn't accompany me, we are Together in the Music. After that, he helps me to work Broadway roles and since last December, we made many concerts in Paris.
The Mad Scene: Lastly, what can audiences look forward to at your concert on 3 and 4 June 2015?
Fleur Mino: I wish for them to discover my version of these Broadway classics and share with them many beautiful moments of enjoyment and feelings.
Tickets for Broadway's Greatest Song available at http://ttf.sg/fleur-mino-english or at the door.