1) What inspired you to become a singer?
I never really decided to become a singer but it was clear since my childhood that I wanted to be a musician.
I started learning the piano at a young age and I had the chance to have wonderful teachers who helped me developing as an artist, as a musician and also as a person.
I started singing lessons without any aim of becoming professional, but the more I learned the more I wanted to keep discovering. What inspired me to become a singer is the fact that you know you will never get to know everything, that the research for the sound and the learning process will last your whole life and this is for me very motivating.
2) What’s your dream role and why?
One of my dream roles will become real this season. I am going to debut Rosina in The Barber of Seville next 22nd October in the Oper Graz. I am working hard on this role and I am really looking forward for this very challenging opportunity!
Another dream role I wish I can achieve at some point in my career is Der Rosenkavalier. Oktavian is a very challenging role for me because of the complexity of Strauss language and also because he is a young man but the performance needs a high maturity, not only vocal but also intellectual. This is one of the dream roles I wish I can have in my repertoire. A role I hope I have the chance to sing at the right time in my career.
3) Who is your favourite opera singer and why?
This is a very difficult question. I really feel unfair to name only one because there are many singers I admire…
4) What do you hope to achieve by participating in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition?
I am really looking forward to come to Norway for the first time in my life.
During the Competition I wish I can be the best performing version of myself, and to connect with the public through my singing.
I hope to have the chance to get to know my colleagues and that we can create a nice atmosphere that makes possible an enriching artistic exchange.
5) Tell us something surprising or unexpected about yourself!
My Secret is to keep focused when singing: Quality sleeping, meditation
and Bach Flowers.
6) Is there anything else you would like to tell us, which might be interesting to the public?
I have been a pianist for many years and the first time I started my vocal studies was at University, where I did a degree in vocal pedagogy. After that I felt I needed to understand and know much more about the voice - this is a lifelong process - so I moved to Brussels and then to Lecce (South Italy) to continue my lyric singing studies. I then moved to Austria where I had my first experiences on stage.
I enjoyed this period travelling and learning through Europe because it opened, widened and enriched my mind.
I feel blessed to realise that thanks to this path I am now able to speak and understand almost all the main languages that the operatic repertoire needs.