Cultural Life: Marcelo Alvarez, opera singer
Friday 15 February 2008
I am studying my contractual rights as an opera singer, so I am reading a lot of legal books, covering all of Europe. I read The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. I've always been interested in philosophical and religious themes in books, and I studied these subjects at university. I enjoyed the way the author put Mary Magdalene back in the spotlight because the importance of the role of women in the Church is often ignored.
I bought a sound system for my home in Tortona, Italy, and loaded it with more than 300 albums from the 1970s and 1980s. There is Rod Stewart, The Police, Queen, Pink Floyd, Kiss, Phil Collins, Paul Williams, the Alan Parsons Project and the American rock band Boston; I listened to them a lot when I was a DJ before I started my career in opera. They are probably the best band I've ever heard. I am also trying to collect all the videos for these bands.
I like to watch dramatic films that make me cry. One was Munich by Steven Spielberg about the 1972 Olympic Games, when 11 Israeli athletes were killed by a Palestinian terrorist group. I don't go to the cinema very often because I don't have time. I only go if it is with my son, Lautaro, who's nine, to the Disney movies. I watch DVDs at home, especially from the 1960s. I love the spaghetti westerns. My favourite is the 1968 Sergio Leone film Once Upon a Time in the West.
I go to musicals when I'm in New York, such as Baz Luhrmann's production of La Bohème – although I saw The Phantom of the Opera in London. It is difficult to go as often as I would like because I don't like to go to musicals alone. I'm always on my own as I'm working. I'm never at home. But if I find somebody to go with I always go.
When I was in London for Tosca, I went to Caravaggio: The Final Years at the National Gallery. I love him. He is the best painter ever. The way he portrays people so vividly and naturally is something that I can't put into words.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 2 Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing
- 3 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 4 Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations
- 5 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
The Interview makes £9.6m in online rentals and downloads in a matter of days
Diana West End play 'suggests James Hewitt could be Prince Harry’s father'
Game of Thrones named most-pirated TV show of 2014
Exodus: Gods and Kings banned in the UAE over 'religious mistakes'
Marilyn Manson breaks silence on Lana Del Rey rape clip: 'I wouldn't make a video of that nature'
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Douglas Carswell tells Ukip to stop blaming foreigners as youth poll shows Nigel Farage is even less popular than Nick Clegg