Alisa Jordheim Soprano, USA “I hope to have fun sharing with the audience” 1) What inspired you to become a singer? Both my parents are music teachers at Lawrence University in the United States, so I grew up around music. I was drawn to singing specifically because of the natural emotional connection we all have to the human voice and the ability to communicate a text to an audience through music. 2) What's your dream role and why? It’s hard to choose one, but I would say Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare. I find her fascinating because she is a real, multi-layered historical character. The music Handel wrote for her is so varied and beautiful, and I find baroque music in general very satisfying as it gives the singer an opportunity to hightlight the text via ornamentation. 3) Who is your favorite opera singer and why? I love Leontyne Price for her elegance, vocal poise, and understated drama on stage, all of which are incredibly moving. 4) What do you hope to achieve by participating in the Queen Sonja International Music Competition? I view competitions as an opportunity to compete with myself and strive for improvement. I hope to represent effectively the repertoire I have chosen, and have fun sharing with the audience. 5) Tell us something surprising or unexpected about yourself! I am very interested in and passionate about healthcare and medicine and work in the Emergency Department at a hospital where I live in the United States. 6) Is there anything else you would like to tell us which might be interesting to the public? I spent the majority of the 2013-2014 academic year as a guest researcher at the University of Oslo studying Scandinavian song and diction as a Fulbright Scholar and Fellow of the American Scandinavian Foundation. My family heritage is Norwegian and Danish, and I had a wonderful time not only studying and visiting the land of my ancestors, but also meeting relatives I had never met before!