Talking with singers: Pumeza Matshikiza Photo: Decca/Simon Fowler

Talking with singers: Pumeza Matshikiza

Jenna Simeonov
When the legendary Jessye Norman receives the prestigious Glenn Gould Prize - Canada’s most significant award for artistic achievement - Pumeza Matshikiza will be among the impressive line-up of singers set to pay homage. The South African soprano found a role model in Norman, and she’s set to celebrate her extraordinary life and career in the Glenn Gould Prize Gala Concert on February 20 at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre.

Why do you sing professionally?

I sing professionally because I like to explore and express operatic music and to share that with an audience.

What kind of influence has Jessye Norman’s career had on your own?

Growing up in South Africa meant one was in need of role models like Jessye Norman and she was one.

Photo: Decca/Simon Fowler.

How do you stay healthy and sane while traveling for work?

I usually keep in touch with my friends, also I make new friends, learn about the country or city I’ll be spending time in.

What do you know now about the singing career that you wish you knew 10 years ago?

That when people told me I was young I should have believed them, and that things I couldn’t do then, I would be able to do them later.

The Glenn Gould Prize Gala Concert Honouring Jessye Norman happens February 20, 8pm, at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. For details and tickets, click here.



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