The soprano, who has taken a lively interest in neuroscience, has been speaking on a Stanford Medicine podcast.
During our conversation we talked about the healing power of music, and I asked whether her voice ever heals her. “That’s an interesting question,” she responded. “I think singing, definitely, and music in general has a huge power over me. When I sing the four last songs of Richard Strauss – which I’ve sung more than anything in my repertoire – in the last piece, I am in a meditative state. My breathing slows down. I can suddenly lift of out of my daily life, and that happens every time. I would say ‘yes’ is the answer to that.”
Listen to the full podcast here.