When Nicoletta does not sing, she paints in her Parisian duplex, which turns out to be between the penthouse and the artist's studio. Private interview for Côté Maison.
For reasons of convenience, Nicoletta chose the 16th arrondissement of Paris, close to the ring road, ideal for her travels when she goes on tour or escapes to the countryside. She has lived for almost twenty years a duplex bathed in light, which she decorated according to her taste by creating a cocoon atmosphere.
She and her husband Christophe love to hunt. Nicoletta admits her passion for mirrors, gilding and antique furniture. And above all, the one with a privileged place, the vital element of his living room ... of music, is his grand piano! The high ceiling allows him to rehearse and sing in full voice with his singers before a show. She has opened the doors of her interior that has a real soul ...
Your favorite room where you like to be and spend time?
Nicoletta: The living room where I receive my friends who is also my music piece. I installed my grand piano and all the devices to repeat my concerts.
Your furniture: rather modern, ultra design, family, pitcher?
Nicoletta: I do not like contemporary furniture. With my husband, we often go shopping and make flea markets. We prefer antique furniture because they have a soul, a story. I really like old mirrors and paintings from the 19th century.
Objects and frames in Nicoletta's living room
An object or piece of furniture that you could not separate?
Nicoletta: My grand piano that I had bought at Labrousse 30 years ago after returning from a tour. This is by far my favorite object, even if I have to sit down! A piano vibrates and it's an orchestra all by itself. I'm looking for sounds, I pianote, I'm having fun. It is indispensable to me and very precious.
I'm not a maniac and I put frames with pictures, even my cat rides on it. My only obsession for the piano as well as my throat is the dust ... Moreover, when I open the windows, it is only by the court side. All the pianists accompanying me come to repeat here. Véronique Sanson played on it; my son learned his first scales ... I could not part with it.
The piano in the center of the living room in Nicoletta's apartment
The most unusual or unexpected that can be discovered at home?
Nicoletta: Two green almond cactus, absolutely beautiful! These are metal sculptures, cut with a blowtorch. A Moroccan artist gave them to me, 6 years ago, during a stay in Marrakech: the big one, it's for my husband, the little pot-bellied, it's for me! They are there in the middle of old chairs, and gilded frames and stand out very well. I find them very funny.
Your favorite color in your home?
Nicoletta: Golden yellow, ocher and white.
Your last favorite purchase for the house?
Nicoletta: A vacuum cleaner that my husband offered me! It's a beautiful gift, I love it ... Very sweet, we hardly hear it: it is appreciable!
But my fancy is the lamps. I realize them by choosing shades shaded by hand, then I ride them on old feet that I buy at the flea market. I have already made a dozen, in shades of ocher and yellow. It costs me dear but I make small gifts! It is especially important to clean them to prevent the dust from damaging them. It's a wonderful light ...
Objects and frames in Nicoletta's living room
The kitchen, rather open or closed?
Nicoletta: She is functional and all white. As we pay attention to our food, we cook in the country. We are especially lucky to be able to bring fresh vegetables from the countryside that the mother of my husband gives us. Depending on the season, we have fresh onions, small potatoes, green beans, figs, nuts ... The breakfast is most often on the go or in a small restaurant neighborhood, Italian or Aveyron.
A dish unexpectedly on the go for your friends?
Nicoletta: A roasted guinea fowl with candied onions and small potatoes, thinly sliced, with butter in a layer, and a good salad of mesclun ... or a little cockerel, always in the oven, and that I make deglaze with a little of champagne. It's delicious and more refined than with white wine.
When I have more time, my specialty, being from Haute-Savoie, is the fondue with three cheeses! A seasonal recipe! My secret, it must be done with Beaufort (that of Abondance) and link with Vacherin because it softens it, and then I add two fingers of hooves, garlic and a little nutmeg ... It is the Swiss who invented this recipe called the Neuchâtel fondue.
And the TV, which room?
Nicoletta: In the room only. I am the news in the morning on BFM TV, and I also watch old soap operas seen and reviewed ... I loved Louis La Brocante or Josephine Guardian Angel; it is full of good feelings and in this cruel world, it comforts. On Arte, I recently saw a documentary of great beauty dedicated to the beginnings of Callas: it was very moving! An exceptional woman ...
Do you live with music or rather in silence?
Nicoletta: In music ! Well installed in the living room with the MP3 on the ears and feet in the air, I put my voice in place and I learn my texts by heart. I do not disturb anyone and I can even let go of the voice when I have choral harmonies that come to repeat.
When I'm not working, I listen to the radio all day, because I like to know what's going on ... In my job, it's important to understand the mood of the time. I prefer radio music: the Mouv, Radio Nova, Radio Jazz, Nostalgie because I hear the friends ... I also like France Culture, Radio Classical and France music because great music cleans my brain. And then FIP by car ...
Are you rather candle or rather scent of atmosphere?
Nicoletta: When I was young, in the beatnick-hippie period, I was very frank and I loved patchouli. Now I buy essences at Descamps that I put on the lamps: especially the musk and sandalwood fragrances ...
What is on your bedside table?
Nicoletta: the portrait of my grandmother who is holding my little boy aged 3, on his lap with his baby bottle. I really like this picture. As I caught cold, there is fir syrup, tissues and lozenges for the throat. And then books. Right now, I'm reading Twenty-four hours of a woman's life Stefan Zweig, one of my favorite authors, I had devoured Dangerous pity "In a general way, I like biographies.I read the life of Liane de Pougy, Piaf, Callas ... I loved the biography of Jean Orieux on Talleyrand.
Do you dream of one more room? If so, for what purpose?
Nicoletta: Since my son Alexander left home, I have two more rooms. He has his room left that can serve as a guest room, and I will transform what he used as a music studio in the paint shop. It's ideal because the room is bathed in sunshine ... When you paint, you forget yourself, it's another gift.
I like to paint the night with artificial lights because in the early morning, I'm surprised to see my harmony. My paintings, I gave them all, the friends ask me ... I make portraits. I like to work with inks from China, with a flat brush, on Canson paper but you have to be sure of your gesture. I love that.
I paint mostly acrylic because the more it is easier and it dries faster, but it is necessary to varnish. At the moment, I have to finish the portrait of my best friend, Françoise ...
Rather orderly or messy?
Nicoletta: Both ! I know what's going on in my mess. And then, I happen to empty. So, I take trash bags ... I prepare books that I give to girlfriends and I give gifts!
Are you green plants, flowers, balcony, terrace, garden?
Nicoletta: I like orchids and I know how to take care of them. They should not be too hot or too cold. They must suffer, they must seek moisture, so it is very rare to water them, only once a week, then let them drain before putting them back in their flowerpot.
Your addresses or favorite brands for the home?
Nicoletta: I love going to the flea market on Sundays and then, we have lunch at the mug, the Manouche jazz temple, at Marcel Campion's: there is always music because it has set up a scene where groups of gypsies play at the bottom. from the restaurant. Everything is decorated with circus elements. There is even the guitar of Django Rheinardt. We eat a nice little menu.
I buy beads for my copper lamps, old pictures to make collages ... When we do not have time to leave Paris, the chips offer a real trip. You are disconnected, you hear all the languages ...
To follow Nicoletta's tour: www.nicolettasiteofficiel.fr.
Next concerts: April 17th at Sireuil (16th) and April 20th at Deauville (14)