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By the age of 5, my father was


already teaching me some of the Spanish American folk songs which had become an important part of his life, and of which he had made several professional recordings. His lovely lyric baritone lulled me into a love of music which will never fade, and which helped to fuel my own firm decision, by the age of 9, to become a professional singer, myself. Given that my largest expe- rience in childhood was with folk music and musical theater, I was fairly certain that I would make my way, somehow, to Broadway, but, as my studies continued at the University and I became more exposed to classical art song, sym- phonic music and opera, I realized that my life would be more fulfilling to me as a classical musician. I saw my first opera at the age of 19 (The Barber of Seville by Rossini) and I was completely enamored right away! I laughed, I loved the story, the music was so delightful and the characters so amusing! I was hooked right away, and have never looked back! What’s it like to be an American


in the UK, and is there anything you like to do when you’re in Brit- ain, especially London? London fills me with awe. My


favorite thing to do in London is to walk ...as long and as far as possible, to discover new neighborhoods, new buildings, new gardens; eve- rything delights me! For me, com- ing to London is not so much like ‘coming home’ as it is like visiting a wonderful, fairytale land, full of wonder. It is one of my four favorite cities on the planet and I always feel so lucky when I get to have time there. Oddly, as an American


singer, it can be a bit challenging to get invited to come sing in the UK, and I am ardently hoping that my engagements with the Royal Opera House and the Welsh National Opera can be just the first of many more UK engagements to come. The UK is, quite simply, one of my very favorite places to be. What’s the best thing about


being Kirstin Chávez? Wow!!! Do I get to pick only ONE


thing? Well, if it has to be only one, my answer is clear. The best thing about living this life as Kirstin Chávez is that, wherever I go, I am among friends. I think that is the very greatest bless- ing this Life could offer. Because of my many travels, I now have extended


“Family” all over the world: in Malay- sia, in the UK, in France, in Sweden, in Germany, in Mexico, in Australia, in Japan, in China, in Taiwan, in Canada, and all over the United States. And so, as the years go on, my Life seems to be spent trying to get back to visit my “family” that are spread far and wide and, along the way, I just seem to find NEW family members. It is an extraor- dinary existence to feel, to know, that I am always with people I love and who love me. It sure gives me a LOT to sing about.


Kirstin Chávez is in concert on June 15th at Cadogan Hall, London and 19th Assembly Hall Theatre, Tun- bridge Wells, Kent.


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