You would never forget meeting soprano Measha Brueggergosman. I first met her when I walked by her outdoor table at Maclab Bistro on The Banff Centre campus, when she was here earlier in the summer to perform and record. “Hey,” she said. “Come sit down.” I obeyed.
“Are you the one who’s going to interview me?”
She then took my number, made a call to arrange the time and introduced me to her friend, while simultaneously sending more texts, presumably to contacts far and wide. Once the plan was made, I was kindly dismissed.
This friendly/bossy mix made me even more curious about a woman who’s an international opera star, emerging gospel favourite, new parent, yoga instructor, and all around, in-your-face, super extrovert. Her energy is contagious, her life has been a mix of extreme highs and crushing lows, and she seems to know everyone and to remember everybody’s name.
When my appointment time came, Measha and I sat down to talk about tattoos, breath, yoga, and what it means to be the keeper of the classical music grail.
Produced by Jennifer Kingsley.