1) What inspired you to become a singer?
I had never dreamt of becoming an opera singer, but one time I met a vocal coach, who was a Bolshoi Theatre soloist, and he got me addicted to opera. Later on, my dad bought tickets to see "Falstaff" by G. Verdi for the whole family at Bolshoi, and I completely fell in love with opera. That is when it all began.
2) What's your dream role and why?
I love and respect a huge amount of opera singers, but especially Maria Callas and Anna Moffo. For a newbie in the opera industry, everything begins with such an iconic figure as Callas, and I was no exception. She had an incredible timbre and truly mastered the art of belcanto. I discovered Anna Moffo for myself a lot later. I was astounded by her warm timbre, the beauty of her voice and her technique. I also have to mention Joan Sutherland, Renata Tebaldi, Julia Lezhneva, Luciano Pavarotti, Diana Damrau, Gianfranco Cecchele, Inva Mula, and many, many others.
3) Who is your favorite opera singer and why?
All of the roles are my favorite and all of them I wish to once perform on stage, but the most memorable would be Tatiana Larina from "Eugene Onegin", because that was the role I debuted with on the stage of an opera theatre.
4) What do you hope to achieve by participating in the Queen Sonja International Music Competition?
I think that every contestant is looking to win it. First and foremost, it is already a great honor for me to be one of the contestants here. Which is why, my biggest task is to perform as best I can.
5) Tell us something surprising or unexpected about yourself!
I do not know what I can surprise with, but I do dream, when I am old, of singing jazz and playing a saxophone in a restaurant.
6) Is there anything else you would like to tell us which might be interesting to the public?
In the nearest future I plan on learning to play the hang. I also dream of jumping with a parachute and learning many languages. I truly love life, people, my friends, family and especially my profession. It is the best in the whole world!