David Shipley Bass, United Kingdom «Winning a prize would obviously be wonderful, but I mainly want to enjoy performing, meeting new people and to be inspired.» What inspired you to become a singer? I was a boy treble when I was little and constantly surrounded by music at home, so music has always been a huge part of my life. It was only when I finished school I decided I wanted to try to make a career in it. What’s your dream role and why? King Philip in Don Carlo because it probably has one of the most famous and beautiful bass arias in the repertoire (and certainly the most famous bass duet). He's also a very complicated and troubled character that I think would be a great challenge dramatically. Who is your favorite singer and why? Cesare Siepi. He has one of the most beautiful bel canto bass voices of all. What do you hope to achieve by participating in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition? I hope to meet some amazing young artists and some of the other great singers, and I want to make the most of the experience. Winning a prize would obviously be wonderful but I mainly want to enjoy performing and meeting new people and to be inspired. Tell us something surprising and unexpected about yourself? My voice broke when I was 15, which is pretty late.