FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
I. QUESTIONS ABOUT MY PERSON
1. WHERE DOES THE NAME LASZLO COME FROM. WHAT IS ITS MEANING?
LASZLO is an Hungarian name. There, it was a well known name for kings and it means something like: “He, who rules with glory.” So it is no wonder that it was formerly used as a name for kings. By the way LASZLO´s father was also called Laszlo.
2. HOW DID YOU COME TO MUSIC?
Since my early childhood I engage everything that is called artistic. So, everything that is music, poetry, or literature and other forms of art. But the attraction to music was the strongest, even though you can not separate one art form, from another. Music touches me in a way, that I can´t describe in words.
3. WHY DID YOU BECOME AN OPERA SINGER?
In my family, indeed, there is a tradition of opera singing, but I was never forced to go in that direction. Everything developed absolute naturally. I listen as well to pop and rock music, and go to pop and rock concerts. But singing “classically,” caught me one day deep inside and since then, I have never lost it. In opera singing, I found a way of artistic expression that suits me perfectly.
4.WHO ARE YOU FAVORITE PERFORMERS?
Many people would believe, that I only listen to opera singers. But there are so many other fantastic rock,- soul-, and pop singers, that have influenced me. To name only a few: George Michael, Herbert Grönemeyer, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson. This are only some of the artists, that have touched me deeply, and who tell stories with their voices. The same applies to the classical genre. Here, I am touched by the recordings of singers like Fritz Wunderlich, Rudolf Schock, Franco Corelli and Maria Callas. Especially the singers, that I experienced in my childhood and my youth live on stage: Placido Domingo, and the incomparable Luciano Pavarotti. But it is hard to name only some, because there are a lot of wonderful singers, especially for a person like me, to whom music is the purpose of his life.
II. QUESTIONS ABOUT OPERA
1. IS IT TRUE THAT OUTSIDE THE STAGE OPERA SINGERS ARE RATHER BORING, STIFF AND SOMEHOW UNWORLDLY PEOPLE OR EVEN DIVAS?
For me this is an amusing cliché, that is already part of the question. I can only say, that in opera I have met some of the most humorous people, full of joie de vivre, and the most down-to-earth people. Naturally there are phases, where an opera singer has to be very focused and concentrated to bring the expected performance. But because of that, you enjoy even more the moment when everything is more relaxed. Most opera singers are full of joie de vivre -people who are very down-to-home.
2. HOW CAN I IMAGINE THE WORK OF AN OPERA SINGER?
There are phases where you have to be very disciplined. For us opera singers the body is the instrument. If you have to produce these volumes (I reach more than 100 db) and frequencies to fill up a theatre, then the body has to “work” a lot. You have to be somehow like a professional athlete, who has to summon, at a very specific moment, certain top efficiency. You need regular practice, in my case practices for voice, breath and body.
Then you have to study the operatic roles (or your opera part). You have to learn the music and then to elaborate it in detail, together with a pianist (the so called répétiteur).
Because the répétiteur hears very small mistakes and can give additional suggestions for the musical interpretation. Then comes the stage rehearsals and at the end of the rehearsal, come the rehearsals with the conductor and the orchestra. And then the ready opera representation will be showed at the premiere to the audience. Then there are more representations, depending on the playing schedule of the theatre. This is the process roughly abstracted.
3. ISN´T OPERA ABSOLUTELY BORING. OPERA MUSIC IS MORE THAN A HUNDRED YEARS OLD. SOMETIMES EVEN A COUPLE OF CENTURIES?
Well, first of all this depends on what you like. For me personally, opera is one of the most exciting and thrilling ways, of experiencing music. But it depends on a lot of factors. Even I had to deal a little with the subject before I was able to enjoy opera in its full range. Additionally, it is important for a “beginner” to catch the right opera production. Because the quality of the experience depends a lot on the quality of the singers, the orchestra, the conductor and the direction, or staging.
A lot of factors where it can fail, aren´t they?
But if all aspects of an opera experience come together, it is for everybody an intoxicating experience. So, my advice for opera beginners is, if you really want to try opera, then go to different presentations and have some patience.
III. QUESTIONS ABOUT CLASSIC-POP
1. WHY DO YOU SING CLASSIC-POP TOO?
There are a lot of reasons.
I found out, that for a lot of people there is a love, even a desire, for classical voices and this form of singing, because it emotionalizes a lot. On the other side, nowadays the threshold of inhibition to go to an opera is very strong. For me personally it is a good feeling to bring opera singing to a broad audience. And I think that there is a huge potential in classic-pop to make music rich in emotions, and to connect the old with the new. For me personally, the most important aspects are to reach every time for a higher quality and to develop this music genre.
2. WHAT IS THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CLASSIC-POP CONCERT AND CLASSICAL CONCERT?
The biggest difference is, that usually a classical concert is made in an adequate space like a concert hall or an opera house. With an opera voice you can fill up this tonal space in such a way, that WITHOUT ELECTRIC AMPLIFYING you can be heard and understood in a comfortable way. Most of the classic pop concerts are given in halls, that need amplifying. So there are microphones, speakers, mixing consoles and everything else that is necessary. For me the most obvious difference is, that in a classical concert I use my body as a resonance body AND the concert hall- or opera hall. it is such an unbelievable and beautiful physical feeling, when you fill up a whole concert hall with your voice. At an electrically amplified concert I don´t have this feeling. That, for me personally, is the biggest difference.
IV. QUESTIONS ABOUT SINGING:
1. WHAT ARE THIS VOICE CORDS AND HOW DI THEY LOOK LIKE?
Simplified you could say, that voice cords are two small, white muscles in your larynx. When you breath out the air out of your chest and use some other muscles to close the voice cords, than the air will make them vibrate. This creates speaking and singing. But it is, as I said a very simplified way to describe. To get a better impression how this process looks like, my voice cords had been filmed in action.