Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Morganna Love, an inspirational opera diva, actress, beauty queen, and transgender activist from Mexico. Hello Morganna!
Morganna: Hi, Monika! Thank You so much! It's my pleasure to be interviewed by you.
Monika: When did you decide that you would like to be an opera singer?
Morganna: Well, when I was 18 years old, my parents took me to a concert in a church. The chorus was singing Allegri's Miserere. I was in shock. I felt in love with such an amazing music, and there I decided to become an opera singer.
|Singing at Mexico Theater with pianist Luis Hernandez.|
Morganna: Well, I fought for what I wanted. I always have. In that time, I wanted to be the best Countertenor of Mexico, and I made it, for a while.
So, I finished my career as an opera singer at National Music Conservatory, where I learned about History of Music, Languages, Piano, Reading notes, Harmony, etc.
Monika: Opera has become the center of your life. Which opera roles have been the most important for your professional career and personal development?
Morganna: Well, right now I'm becoming a pop singer, but I always have loved Opera, and I will always sing it. So, I really love Adina from “Elisir d´amore” from Donizzeti, because she is so beautiful, so sexy and proud of herself, and then she realizes that she is in love with a young and poor guy, and she fights for him. It's quite cute. I really love this music and role. And the role that gave me so much satisfaction, was Queen Dido, from Purcell's “Dido and Aeneas”. It's a very dramatic opera. Full of magic, and love, and friendship. I would say these two roles.
Monika: Do you have any favourite opera singers?
Morganna: Yes, of course! There are three Mexican sopranos: Fabiola Venegas, Alejandra García and Penelope Luna. And of course, Russian Anna Netrebko. Oh! And Sarah Brightman.
|Getting ready for going out to the stage|
in Bangkok, Thailand.
Morganna: Yes!! Of course! Hahaha. It's one of my favorite things of being an opera singer! :D
Monika: You are an actress too…
Morganna: Yes, I have acted in some movies, TV, and opera, of course. If you want to be an opera singer, you have to learn acting.
Monika: What does it mean to be a transgender artist? Are your opera performances influenced by your transgender experience?
Morganna: Totally! When you are a transgender woman, and you know it, you must act all the time. In front of your parents, your family, your friends, the society! Until you are tired of it, and became yourself, but meanwhile, I think many of us have learned to act very well! So, when I take a role, it's easy. Imagine that I am another person, and imagine the life she has.
Monika: What do you think about the present situation of transgender women in the Mexican society?
Morganna: Well, we have two parts. One, the best, is that some girls like me, are working in what we love to do, and the people recognize us and they like our work. They respect us and give us opportunities. The other side… Is… Wow… Terrible. There are… many murderers of transgender girls. There are still transphobia. I think people is slowly changing the way they look us. And I hope it will be better and better.
|Singing "Burlesque" at Club La Perla, in Mexico City.|
Morganna: I realized since I was 4 years old! But I lived in a city where there wasn't information about it. So I came to live in Mexico City, and I started to be free and myself at 28 years old.
It was easy for me and for my friends, brothers and boss. But not for my parents. It was really difficult for them. They stopped to talk to me for 2 years. I missed them so much, because before it, they were my best friends. But slowly, they are accepting my decision and my happiness. Thank God! :D
Monika: At that time of your transition, did you have any transgender role models that you followed?
Morganna: No, I didn't. So I was so ignorant about them. I just kept thinking. Oh! I want to be beautiful as Alessandra Ambrosio! Hahaha.
Monika: What was the hardest thing about your coming out?
Morganna: To lose my love. The love of my past life. Which was a gay man. And to lose my family. Because I lose so many years apart from them. I missed the family parties, like Christmas. I was alone in that time, and it was difficult. And sometimes, I had no food. Because sometimes I had to buy my hormones and there was no money left to buy food. Hahaha. Now I'm laughing, but it was really complicated. But you know what? It was really, really worth it! :D
|With Doctor Preecha Tiewtranon, who|
performed her SRS in Thailand.
Morganna: I think they are helping people to see Us! And to say: Hey! We are here. We are not urban legends. And yes! We are good people too.
But! I am participating as ambassador of the UN campaign “Free and Equal”, which fights for Human Rights, regardless of your sexual orientation or financial situation.
|On TV in Miss International Queen 2012.|
And even when I did not win, it was one of the most fabulous experiences of my life. To know all those girls, with beauty inside and outside… It was a revelation.
|In her Mexican dress from Cesar D'Cortes|
and Francisco Trujillo.
Keep being beautiful inside, and outside, smart, and sexy! ;) Kisses and Blessings. Morganna Love.