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The Transmitter community is composed of a motley creative flock of people from all over. Today we would like to introduce you to the lovely Michelle Daly, who has just just finished a B2.2 course with us. Born in Dublin and trained as a classical singer in London, Michelle’s voice spans the genres from soul to jazz to opera. She has bravely put her new German to rigorous testing, singing a critically acclaimed part in Yasutaki Inamori’s "Wir aus Glas" at Deutsche Oper Berlin.
On the 26th of February, Michelle will be showcasing her latest creation and launch a crowdfunding campaign for her new album at Jazzclub Schlot in Mitte. We have sat down with Michelle for a little interview in order to get to know her and her relationship with Berlin a bit better.
What is your least favourite thing about Berlin?
People can be rude and lack some basic manners but I come from Ireland where people are ridiculously overly polite and apologise constantly. At least here, there is no BS. What you see it what you get. Smoking in bars. People wearing only black clothing.
What is your favourite thing about the city?
Being able to enjoy a beer walking along the street or city by the river. The slower pace of life, less obsession with money, materialism, status.
What is your biggest tip for newcomers to feel at home in Berlin?
Learn some German! Have fun and come in Summer. Berlin is such a great place to hang out at this time. Don't expect to find and apartment or perfect job straight away. You can get really lucky, but it's rare. Make as many connections as you can, as that's how you will get the apartment and job. Don't just send off emails. Go to meetups and be as social as possible. If possible, come with savings and be prepared to slum it in temporary jobs that you are over-qualified for. I went from performing at a major opera house in London to dealing with complaints from people about soggy chips in a call centre. You don't have to put it on your CV. I met some amazing people from all over the world, who are also artists. Be humble as Berlin doesn't care too much about your status, money. You rarely get asked “so what do you do?”
Any favorite spots to recommend?
Admiralsbrücke, Bergmannkiez, Oderberger Strasse, Prenzlauer Berg, Volkspark Friedrichshain.
What is your favorite German word?
Schildkröte makes me giggle. Literally 'Shield Toad'.
Thank you, Michelle. Good Luck for your gig!
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