Was singing always a part of your life?
Yes, I always sang. My father is a tenor and I used to watch him all the time, but he didn’t want me to study formally until my body and voice had developed. It was at 18 that he said I could start learning how to sing properly, so I left the trumpet behind and devoted myself to it. I actually did a lot of sculpture growing up, and was looking to study both at university – sculpture by day, singing by night. The uni didn’t let me: I think in hindsight they were right.
Jessica Pratt. Photo © Alessandro Moggi
Did you always have a facility for virtuosic, coloratura roles?
I always had an easy time with super high notes and so on, it was one of the things...