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Yang Luo
Tenor, China

Yang Luo

“Never miss out on an opportunity to try”

1) What inspired you to become a singer?

My mother is a good singer, untrained. I loved to listen to her singing ballade, pop songs and I sang along with her when I was little. I enjoyed the feeling of comfort and relaxing which music brings to me, although I could not understand the meaning of those songs completely.

After entering middle school of music in Wuxi I had the opportunity to listen to live concerts and audio/video tapes, especially the opera performances, sung by the great singers. I was captivated by the beauty of singing, fascinated by the diversity and splendor of the human voices. And I have seen how much effect music can have on people. I then determined and set my goal for life: to be a professional singer and explore the world of music, and convey the joy to the people!


2) What’s your dream role and why?

My dream role would be Edgardo in “Lucia di Lamemoor” by Donizetti. First of all, according to the experts’ opinion, this role suits my voice type. Secondly, I love Donizetti’s music, love the way he composed it which displays both simplicity and profundity. Further more, I am quite fond of the characteristics of Edgardo. He is youthful, passionate, faithful and courageous which are the virtues I would like to possess for life.


3) Who is your favourite opera singer and why?

The favourite opera singer of mine is Nicola Geda. His voice might not be as splendid as Mr. Pavarottis’, he might not be as handsome as Mr. Corelli. But his vocal technique is more sensible, economical, safe - which made his singing more versatile and long lasting. He could not only perform operas which covered a great range – from leggero to spinto roles, including Italian, French, German, even Russian repertoire, but also perform operetta, oratorio and various art songs. And also, Mr. Geda’s  language ability is superb which made his singing diction meticulous and expressive.  


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

The aim of participating in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition for me would be both exhibiting my singing capacity and gaining singing experience. I will try my hardest to prepare all the repertoire that I will sing for the competition, and try my best to  interpret the music on stage. It is my fervent desire that my singing would impress the judges and agents, and hopefully, it will result in a good outcome which would help and lead me to fulfill the dream of my life: to be a professional opera singer singing on the international stages.  


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

In 2008, I took part in the recruitment audition for the School of Music, Nanjing University of the Arts. After the audition was done I saw a post on the notice board which stated: “The School is holding a Special Audition for the candidates who are special talented. Once the candidates pass the special audition they will be categorized ‘Special Talents’ and have priority for acceptance by the school.” I thought to myself, I had nothing to lose, why not to give it a try? So I went to the audition hall and did the same songs as I have done for the normal audition. Some days later, the results for both above mentioned auditions were publicly announced. I passed the Special Audition but was listed number 47 for the normal audition. Mind you, the quota of students the Music School would accept was 26, which meant that I would miss the cut-off line! On the other hand, I would be, as the top candidate and a “special talent”, accepted by the school! How surprising! How confusing and, how lucky I was!

This experience taught me a lesson:

1, You must always be well prepared;

2, Never give up any opportunity to try;

3, There are no absolute standards for the arts and music. The standards are often determined and differed by individual aesthetic concept and personal preference.      


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