My Hanover - Gilles San Juan

My Hanover - Gilles San Juan


Saturday, March 21, 2015

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Which came first... the acting or the singing?

Both started at the same time.

There was a time in Hollywood when tenors were hot box office commodities. Do you think we'll ever see another silver screen idol like Mario Lanza?

I very much hope so! I shot my first movie in 2008 and start filming the latest early next year.

What can an audience look forward to when you step on stage?

Singing is giving, so the audience can look forward to us sharing with them the emotion we feel in the performance.

You are of French and Spanish origin. How, if at all, has this influenced your career?

My heritage is a huge influence. My musical influence is Spanish and my acting influence French.

Who are your tenor idols and why?

Pavarotti, Mario Lanza and Franco Corelli - three amazing performers.

What has been your most memorable performance to date and why?

As part of a European stadium tour of Turandot (by the acclaimed Chinese film producer Zhang Yimou, who staged the Peking Olympic ceremonies), I performed in front of 80,000 people at the Stade de France in Paris.

What advice would you give an up-and-coming tenor?

Enjoy what you do.

What's on the opera cards for the year?

A summer season in the South of France, which is always great fun.

How has Jamaica been for you?

A paradise on earth. The colours and joy of the people are breathtaking.

If you could add a classical feel to a current hit song what would it be and why?

Good question! Christina and I have recently been asked to adapt Titanium by David Guetta, to give it a classical feel.

How would you describe your style?

Romantic, with a touch of humour.

Which opera house do you dream of performing in and why?

Opéra de Paris is a dream because of its historic status.

Finally, what's your philosophy?

To enjoy and share everything I do.


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