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Annika Gerhards
Soprano, Germany

Annika Gerhards

“When I’m not singing or rehearsing, I love to do sports and I enjoy cooking a lot”

1) What inspired you to become a singer?

I was inspired to become a singer when I first was allowed to sing a solo part in the annual summer concert in my school. I remember that we did parts of the West Side Story and I was singing Maria. I just loved the feeling of being on stage and singing in front of a public (back then it seemed huge, but it probably was not so many people ;-) ). After that concert I decided: that’s what I want to do for a living because I thought it will always make me happy.


2) What's your dream role and why?

My dream role is Sophie in Rosenkavalier. I just love Strauss’ music and since I live in Vienna, I enjoy the whole “Lokalkolorit“ in this opera very much. I think the role of a young woman finding her first love but actually being promised to another man is a difficult but very interesting subject.


3) Who is your favorite opera singer and why?

I do not have one favorite singer because I think there are so many great ones out there, I could never choose ;-) When it comes to the singers from longer ago I would always say Mirella Freni is a real idol. I might not sing the same roles as she did, but I just adore her voice and technique because she has so many colours and can express so many different shades of an emotion with her voice.

Another soprano I really like is Barbara Bonney for the pureness of her voice and the effortlessness she shows during singing.


4) What do you hope to achieve by participating in the Queen Sonja International Music Competition?

I hope to be able to express what I feel for and with the music that I chose and I hope to show that I am versatile when it comes to different styles like opera, oratorio and Lied.


5) Tell us something surprising or unexpected about yourself!

My first instrument is Viola da Gamba, I actually started to play this baroque instrument when I was seven. There was a couple in my hometown who taught it and it was the biggest class in the local music school, so instead of starting with “normal“ instruments like piano or violin, many kids in my town started to play Viola da Gamba. I enjoyed this so much and for a long time I thought I wanted to do this professionally. But then I started singing and things changed…


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