Milan Siljanov Bass-baritone, Switzerland «One singer I do admire […] is Sir Bryn Terfel. Not only because of his ridiculous talent to tell stories and his unique voice, but also because of his endearing humility.» What inspired you to become a singer? My mother; she was a professional singer and voice teacher. What’s your dream role and why? Right now that would be Leporello and Figaro by Mozart. Both these roles are so immensely diverse and colourful, and allow the singer to explore the full range and versatility of his voice. Who is your favorite singer and why? I don't have a favorite singer per se. There are too many exceptional singers in the past and in the present that it is impossible for me to choose one. One singer I do admire, however, is Sir Bryn Terfel. Not only because of his ridiculous talent to tell stories and his unique voice, but also because of his endearing humility. What do you hope to achieve by participating in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition? I hope that I can get a valuable experience out if it. I hope that I can showcase myself to the best of my abilities and make contact with other singers, promoters and directors. Tell us something surprising and unexpected about yourself? Well, I have a Macedonian mother, a Persian father and was born and bred in Zurich, Switzerland. I am a cultural/ethnic mix that you don't see too often. And I studied the piano for three years before I became a singer! Is there anything else you would like to tell us, which might be interesting to the public? I love languages. I am married to a Georgian woman and our son - who's nine months old - is learning Georgian, Macedonian and German as he is growing bigger and stronger.