Lucyna Jarzabek Soprano, Poland «This type of competition is an opportunity to present myself and show what I can do.» What inspired you to become a singer? My guitar teacher. He was the one who noticed my voice and my vocal potential. He literally forced me to go to singing lessons, which I was not pleased about at the time. But with time, thanks to these lessons, conversations with my professors and listening to great opera stars, I got more interested in singing. My fascination with opera music gradually grew and grew and finally, I decided to devote myself to it. Whats your dream role and why? It is very difficult for me to choose one. Each role is different and very demanding. I love dramatic roles in which I can express my emotions. I feel great in them. For example Manon Lescout by Puccini, Elettra by Mozart and Amelia by Verdi. Who is your favourite singer and why? So many singers fascinate me that there is no way to choose just one. Each of them give me inspiration, give me a chance to improve the technique, to interpret something new or to broaden my musical horizons and learn new styles. Each one is different and it is something beautiful about them. What do you hope to achieve by participating in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition? I think that this type of competition is an opportunity to present myself and show what I can do. It is an opportunity to get to know people who have been in this business for years and who could be interested in my voice. Besides that, it allows me to meet many wonderful singers as well as jurors. Most importantly it is an opportunity to sing in Norway. Tell us something surprising or unexpected about yourself! That's a difficult question for me, I'm just an ordinary girl...but when I meet new people the most surprising fact for them, not counting the fact that I'm an opera singer, is when I tell them about my big family. I have 8 sisters and 2 brothers, all of them musically talented. Almost everyone plays an instrument, and my sisters are wonderful singers of local folk music.