Mady Mesplé is a famous French soprano, who has distinguished herself in several great operatic roles throughout her career. She has just published La Voix du corps, a book in which she looks back on her career, as well as on the Parkinson's disease from which she has suffered for several years.
Mady Mesplé had given us an appointment at the Le Carré café, place Saint-Augustin. When we arrived, the first thing that struck us about her was her keen eye, a reflection of her intelligence and strong character. The hour we spent with him was fascinating. We of course talked about his moving book, then the conversation deviated towards more musical subjects. We would like to warmly thank Mady Mesplé for her availability and her kindness, as well as her sister and her press officer. Here is a summary of our interview:
Why did you write this book?
I did it at the request of the France Parkinson association, because I was told that I could help certain people. So I did it… Françoise Carriez, who helped me write it, is a remarkable woman. She found the words to say what I wanted to say.
What I wanted, among other things, was to send a message: you have to fight and keep hope. If the mind is well, the body is better.
How did you react when you found out you were sick?
When I found out, I couldn’t believe it, I didn’t even know what it was. I realized that things were changing. First, I felt very tired. The doctors did not understand why. I always had very low blood pressure, and sometimes I felt really bad at the end of the second act in opera and would collapse for a few seconds. It is this same fatigue that I experienced at the beginning of my illness. A great Parisian doctor gave me medication that allowed me to pass the “flirt”, a period of about 5 years during which the disease leaves you alone. But afterwards, as it evolved, we had to accept it.