1) What inspired you to become a singer
My godmother, Sally, took me to see Carmen when I was very young. Realising how much I loved it she continued to take me to see operas as a child and teenager, and exposed me to music and art that I wouldn’t otherwise have experienced.
2) What’s your dream role and why?
I don’t think I can choose just one! Susanna/Le Nozze di Figaro, because she is so fun and quick-witted, and the role demands such dramatic energy; Semele/Semele, because her fire and her music dazzle me; Gilda/Rigoletto, because of her sweetness and her exquisite music.
3) Who is your favourite opera singer and why?
My favourite opera singer is Ann Murry. She is an incredible and diligent artist; she has interpreted operatic roles from Wagner to Händel and song from Stravinsky to Schumann with amazing skill, and she is a stunning actress; she is also an extremely generous and hardworking coach and educator. A total inspiration.
4) What do you hope to achieve by participating in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition?
I hope to communicate through music that I love with a wider audience, whilst meeting talented new colleagues, making music together.
5) Tell us something surprising or unexpected about yourself!
I used to busk on the Southbank (when I was studying English Literature in London), singing acapella arias and songs. It was great training!
6) Is there anything else you would like to tell us, which might be interesting to the public?
I am so honoured to be coming to Oslo, though I am currently learning to roller-skate for my next role (Poppea/Agrippina) so I hope I make it!