The Heroine’s Journey of Blerta Zhegu

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

The fact that on stage artists have the possibility to be themselves, exposing through their art, their vulnerabilities, their sensitivity and yet fully able to enjoy the moment.  

What is my idea of happiness?

Freedom and serenity. 

What is my greatest fear?

The fear of losing the people I love. 

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

I’m an incurable idealist. 

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

All those artists with great talents and beautiful personalities, who are completely devoted to music. 

Photo credit: Lorenzo Montanelli

What is my greatest extravagance?

I’m always looking for excuses to stay in bad as much as possible in the morning.

On what occasion would I lie?

If lying would be the right thing to do. 

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

I think that mediocrity in art as in life, is the mother of all vices. 

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

I am always happy when I am working. The happiest I can remember is always my last performance so I will mention my last concert in Paris “Nuit d’étoiles”. 

If I could, what would I change about myself?

Once Luciano Pavarotti was asked what had been the hardest thing for him to learn in life. And his answer was : The patience. I guess I wish I was more patient as well.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Every step forward is an achievement. Singing in great theaters as those of Verona, Toulouse or Chorégies d’Orange, has been an amazing experience, but I hope there is still more to come ahead of me. 

Where would I most like to live?

I live in Paris and that is exactly where I’ve always wanted to live  

What is my most treasured possession?

My passion for music.

What is my most marked characteristic?

I am very proud and I have a fiery temperament, like most albanians do. 

Photo credit: Marc Ginot

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

Everywhere with a view over the roofs of Paris like it was so charmingly described at the opening of G.Puccini “La Boheme” by Rodolfo : “I’m looking at Paris, seeing the skies with smoke from a thousand chimneys”. 

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

Café Procope, the oldest restaurant in Paris and the world’s first literary café, has always fascinated me.

Once a meeting place for writers, intellectuals and politicians like Voltaire, Victor Hugo or Napoleon Bonaparte, it is now a restaurant but also a part-time museum with each room telling a story. 

What books influenced my life and how?

When I was a little girl I used to often read “Little women” by Louisa May Alfort. Her story about these women who were so free and at the same time had a high sense of integrity, has influenced my idea of feminism. 

I owe my love for traveling and adventures to “On the road” by Jacques Kerouac whereas the book that triggers the most my romantic side is ” La dame aux camélias” by Alexander Dumas Son. And last but not least, the book that moves me the most is A.Chekhov’s play “The seagull”.

Photo credit: Lorenzo Montanelli

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

I guess songs from my childhood. Maybe it would be a good choice for the last day of my life, which I presume will be a sad day, to listen to some music from that period of recklessness innocence. 

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Pippi Longstocking has always been my hero. Different from any other woman heroine she is strong, unconventional, funny and so creative.

Photo credit: Christophe Lahais

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

Free-spirited people 

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Any film of Federico Fellini , especially “8 1/2”.

What role play stories in my life and work?

Another thing I love about my work, is the possibility to tell different stories and be a part of those stories. It gives you the illusion of living different lives. 

As a child, I used to read and listened to so many tales, so I guess that’s why I have developed a special interest for fictional as much as real-life stories. 

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ mean to me?

These words make a lot of sense to me and I guess this sentence can be a motto for many strong-willed people. 

I think there are a lot of aspects in life we can’t control, but that should’t stop us from trying to create our own legend.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My family. 

Which people or companies would I like to work with?

Daniel Oren, Riccardo Muti, Yannick Nezet Seguin, Dominique Meyer, Jean Louis Grinda, Jakub Hrusa, Pierre Audi, Laurent Brunner, Laurent Campellone, Peter de Caluwe.

What project am I looking forward to work on?

I have several projects that I’m actually working on, and I am looking forward to all of them. The next project coming is a Récital Concert in Paris.

The “nearest” place to discover my work and my artistic parcours is on my web site :

https://blertazhegu.wixsite.com/monsite/biographie

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

We can be young or old, but passion has nothing to do with age, is a state of mind.

We have to always find a way to nourish the fire we have inside, and search passion not only in something or someone, but above all in life itself. 

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story?

Nathalie Marin, Emmanuel Plasson, Abigeila Voshtina,  Anastasia Bartoli, Irida Dragoti, Ilda Mara, Daniel Propper, Frédéric Chaslin, Pierre Dumossaud, Renaud Capuçon.

Photo credit: Franck Harscouet

How can you contact me?

I guess the easiest way is via social media as Facebook or Instagram, like almost everyone nowadays.

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