Canadian lyric soprano Having small children - her daughter is just 18-months-old and her son not yet five - has not stopped Wall clocking up the air miles in recent years, often with a baby in tow.
That work has recently become a key feature of Wall's repertoire. She sang the songs in January with the
"It is one of the things I do want to do more of." she says, "It is a little like eating dessert for every meal."
This from a woman who is very careful of her diet and is a runner. Her most recent entry on her website ends: "I have a half- marathon scheduled next month so I'm trying to work running back into my busy singing schedule. There's no better way to see a city during a packed touring schedule, and all you need to pack are your running shoes."
Flying and running, Wall made a stop-off in
It was her 16th Mahler 8, the so-called Symphony of a Thousand, another work that has become a calling card. Invitations have come to sing it around the world since her first performance in 2006, and include a
Wall's professional life does seem to be full of such game- changing moments. The most famous of these was a decade ago in
"I got a call the day before, so I had some rehearsal time. I had a costume fitting and a sing-through," she remembers. "But I got great notices the next day - audiences were very supportive." She has been asked to sing the part many times since, and takes the role in
Wall describes herself as a slow starter who had no real aspirations to a stage career as a teenager although she sang alto in the school choir and played piano and flute.
She was more interested in singing jazz until she went to voice lessons and was encouraged towards classical singing, and her high soprano voice was revealed.
"The bottom of my range just went away completely with the coming of age," she says. Now she has covered a "good chunk" of the
More immediately, however, she is looking forward to work on a newer opera next year that might have been an appropriate addition to this year's Festival.
American composer Kevin Puts's debut Silent Night won the 2012 Pultizer Prize for Music and is based on the story of the Christmas truce during the First World War.
Walls says: "I saw it in
Whether or not
Canadian lyric soprano
Having small children - her daughter is just 18-months-old and her son not yet five - has not stopped Wall clocking up the air miles in recent years, often with a baby in tow.