The Toronto Children’s Chorus’ 2017 head choristers interviewed Krisztina Szabó back in December of that year ahead of the holiday concert. As we look forward to our spring concert on May 4, 2019, where Krisztina Szabó will once again join us, we’re sharing some of Krisztina’s inspiring thoughts on singing, performing and being a TCC alum!
Why did you decide to pursue singing?
Krisztina: When I first began my degree at Western University, I was a piano major. My grand plan was to be a high school music teacher. I had always loved singing (6 years in the TCC, I should hope so!), but I had never had any private singing lessons.
Dr. Darryl Edwards changed all of that. After auditioning for ensembles in first year, he approached me and said, “Do you take singing lessons?” I said, “No” to which he replied, “Well, you should!” And with that, everything changed. I started taking lessons with him on the side.
Two years into my degree, I changed my major to voice and by the end of my degree (still in Music Education!), I had caught the “performing bug”. So, I decided to pursue a post-graduate program for voice performance to “see what would happen.” And as it turned out, a career as an opera singer happened!
But to answer the question “why?” is pretty simple. I love singing, I’ve always loved singing and doing it was as natural as breathing. What could be greater than having a career doing something you love? I can’t imagine a greater gift!
What is your favourite TCC memory?
Krisztina: I loved the touring! Europe in 1984, Western Canada in 1986 and Hawaii, Australia & New Zealand in 1988. Doing recordings and concerts with the one and only Maureen Forrester. Performing and recording Holst’s The Planets with the TSO. Singing Carmina Burana at Roy Thomson Hall and being enveloped in a wall of sound. But mostly, I remember the people I met in the Chorus, it was the first place where I felt I truly belonged.
What did you learn during your time at the TCC that helped contribute to the person and musician you are now?
Krisztina: The question should be what DIDN’T I learn… there was so much! Musicianship, work ethic, exposure to vast amounts of repertoire, sight-reading, languages, working on contemporary music with living composers, striving to give your very best at all times, supporting and celebrating your fellow musician and most importantly, the joy of making music and raising your voice in song with others. All of these things have made me the musician I am today and have really fed my soul in a way that allowed me to entertain the idea of having a career in music.
What advice would you give young singers?
Krisztina: Work hard, never take anything for granted and never lose that joy of singing.
Join us at In Remembrance!
When: Saturday, May 4 at 3PM
Where: Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge Street)
Tickets are available at all TO Live Box Offices, online at ticketmaster.ca or by calling 1-855-985-2787.