That's what Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Pierre Ruhe about herself for a profile two years ago. And more of us will get to see and hear what this diva with a big name is all about, because she has just signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon.
Her first disc for the label, planned for release in early 2008, will feature Schoenberg's Brettl-Lieder and songs by Erik Satie and William Bolcom. Accompanying her will be conductor David Robertson and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with Bolcom himself at the piano for some selections.
Born and raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Brueggergosman studied at the University of Toronto and then privately in Germany with the renowned lieder singer Edith Wiens. She has won prizes at the Jeunesses Musicales International Competition in Montreal, the George London Foundation Competition in New York, the Wigmore Hall Song Competition in London, the Queen Sonja Music Competition in Oslo, and the ARD Competition in Munich. Though only 29 years old, she has already performed with (among others) Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony, the Boston Symphony under Hans Graf, the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Leonard Slatkin, and the Detroit Symphony under Rafael Fr‹hbeck de Burgos; with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin she sang Strauss's Four Last Songs.
In addition to her classical work, she sings jazz and gospel professionally, and she has developed a sideline as a popular television personality in Canada.
Michael Lang, President of Deutsche Grammophon, said in announcing her signing, "I have had the good fortune to both listen to Measha's exceptional voice and now to know her. You'll find that her talent is matched by her warm, funny, engaging (and engaged) personality — and a beautiful smile ... All those who enjoy music are in for a treat."