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Gan-ya Ben-gur Akselrod
Soprano, Israel

Gan-ya Ben-gur Akselrod

“Sometimes I think I have chocolate running through my veins”

1) What inspired you to become a singer?  

I started to take an interest in music from an early age. At the age of six I picked up the cello and after a couple of years started playing the piano and the clarinet. However, I felt something was missing and I couldn’t fully express myself with these instruments. At the age of 16 I joined a youth choir and it was clear this was the most natural place for me.  

2) What’s your dream role and why?  

Unfortunately I could never sing my dream role in this lifetime which is Amneris in Aida since this role is for a dramatic Mezzo and I’m a light lyric soprano J I don’t have a particular dream role… I do however prefer strong and interesting characters. I do hope I’ll get to sing the role of Lulu one day.  

3) Who is your favorite opera singer and why?  

Ummmm that’s a hard question… there are so many wonderful singers it’s difficult to pick just one! One of my favorites is Dolora Zajick: I just love her timber and musicality!  

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

I hope to perform well since this competition has an important judging panel and is a great stepping stone career wise. I also hope I’ll be able to enjoy beautiful Oslo and meet new colleagues.  

5) Tell us something surprising or unexpected about yourself!  

I am very good baker :) Sometimes I think I have chocolate running through my veins.  

6) Is there anything else you would like to tell us, which might be interesting to the public?  

This season will be an exciting one for me, after having finished two years as part of Theater an der Wien’s Junges Ensemble program in Vienna: I will be covering Blondchen in Mozart’s “Entführung aus dem Serail” in Glyndebourne on tour and will debut the role of Elvira in Rossini’s “Italian in Algeri in Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse and Jenny in Weil’s “The rise and fall of the city of Mahagonny” in Theatre Municipal de Santiago, Chile.

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