1) What inspired you to become a singer?
I studied singing for quite a long time from the age of 6 to 13, and then my voice started breaking. Meanwhile, my older sister studied classical vocal in a music college. She told me about a wonderful vocal teacher in her college and I decided to try. My sister never became a vocal singer due to family commitment, but I did. She still loves singing and I hope one day I will have an opportunity to sing with her onstage.
2) What's your dream role and why?
My dream role has always been Rodolfo from La Boheme because this was the first opera which I heard and I listened to a beautiful cast with Pavarotti and Freni. Also this character is very close to myself, I understand his feelings and emotions. I sang it already in the Bolshoi theatre in December 2014. Now I’m also dreaming about Faust and Romeo.
3) Who is your favorite opera singer and why?
My favourite singer is Luciano Pavarotti. I love his beautiful voice and I also admire his professionalism, perfect vocal and breath technique. His approach to singing is ideal to me. But of course I like other great tenors like Domingo, Corelli, Flores, Kaufman and I learn a lot from them.
4) What do you hope to achieve by participating in the Queen Sonja International Music Competition?
I hope to meet interesting people and to hear new beautiful voices. It will also be great experience working with a wonderful orchestra and conductor and other great professionals.
5) Tell us something surprising or unexpected about yourself!
I tried a lot of different things in my life. I did professional training in biathlon ‘till I was 16. Another great experience in my past was that every summer for 5 years I worked on a construction site. My father and I built our own house in a small town of Rodoshkovichi near Minsk in Belarus. My favourite hobby is cooking. I like experimenting with all kinds of food and try new recipes. I hope to find new ideas from the Norwegian kitchen which I would love to share with my friends when back in Russia!
6) Is there anything else you would like to tell us which might be interesting to the public?
Last autumn a small group of young singers from the Young Artist Program of the Bolshoi Theatre was invited to perform in Liechtenstein. After one of the concerts we visited and were introduced to an amazing person, Baron Eduard Alexandrowitsch von Falz-Fein. He is a Russian-born businessman, journalist, public figure and sportsman and he turned 100 in September 2012! He told us many interesting things about Russian history and we were honoured to sing for him as he can’t attend concerts any more. It was a very exiting concert! I hope there will be more such meetings and concerts in my life.