The noise behind the music: Pauline Malefane sings “Summertime” with the Berlin Philharmonic


The public face of the calm and poised diva belies the difficult circumstances in which such a performance is created. Albert Combrink reflects on being Pauline Malefane's vocal coach during the run-up to her debut as both Mozart's Queen of the Night in the UK, and Gershwin's Bess with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle.