1) What inspired you to become a singer?
I come from Wales where singing is a very normal part of culture. Although I wasn't raised in a musical home, as a teenager I spent most of my spare time either at the local Chapel or doing something music related. I loved being on the stage with amateur operatic societies and choirs. I also had singing, flute and piano lessons.
2) What’s your dream role and why?
My dream role is something I'll never sing but I can still dream about it. Whenever I listen to 'Vicino a te' from Andrea Chenier, I just think WOW ... it must feel amazing to sing that!
3) Who is your favourite opera singer and why?
My favourite artist would be Pavarotti. He had such an ability to produce a perfect tone and to emote so passionately through his voice. Remarkable and something which I admire greatly.
I spend much of my spare time listening to singers from all generations. Some of my current favourites are: Giuseppe Giacomini, Mario del Monaco, Jonas Kaufmann, Mario Lanza, Stuart Burrows and Fritz Wunderlich.
4) What do you hope to achieve by participating in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition?
Performing under pressure is always a good experience as it tests your nerves. I'm looking forward to preparing the competition repertoire and also singing for the prestigious panel members. Competitions are excellent exposure for young singers and I've always enjoyed doing them. Very much looking forward to visiting Oslo for the first time.
5) Tell us something surprising or unexpected about yourself!
I don't like coffee and rarely drink alcohol. I'm a Pepsi lover!
6) Is there anything else you would like to tell us, which might be interesting to the public?
I used to work as a Pizza delivery boy and have memories of driving down the motorway with Mario del Monaco and George London in Tosca blasting down the stereo.