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Tamara Ivanis

Tamara Ivanis, Croatia

Soprano, Croatia

«So, there I was, starting my studies in Vienna still enrolled in high school in Croatia. And in an 80s rock band!»

What inspired you to become a singer?
My first memories are the ones where I sing wearing mum’s shoes. I guess my love for singing was born with me (as was my love for shoes). I knew I wanted to be a singer, well, along with hundred other things like a vet, a doctor and a history teacher. Anyway, it all started when I heard a girl sing an art song in a music school concert. I still remember that moment very vividly, I turned to my mum and said, “That is it!”


What’s your dream role and why?
I don’t think I have a dream role, but there are certainly many that I would like to sing! I really like bel canto repertoire, baroque music and Mozart amongst others. But the whole process of making a character come to life is a beautiful experience and to share that on stage with your colleagues and audience is quite a dream.


Who is your favourite singer and why?
I admire so many singers. Beverly Sills for her astonishing technique and amazing strong personality Diana Damrau, Reri Grist and Joan Sutherland to name a few more. I recently watched an Interview with Joyce DiDonato and Dame Janet Baker where they refer to being a singing artist as a glass that you have to keep clean to see through and allow others to look in. But, we can´t keep the glass clean all the time and even to try requires tremendous work. I really like that.


What do you hope to achieve by participating in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition?
Competitions make it possible for us, as musicians, to explore and expand our musical experiences and knowledge. Those moments are priceless. Above all, sharing the love of music with the public inspires me to sing the best I can. I hope to give my best and I look forward to constructive feedback, everything else is a surprise!


Tell us something surprising or unexpected about yourself!
I started studying in Vienna before I finished my high school. My family drove me to the audition, I was 17 years old and had no idea what I was getting myself into. My dad said he was thinking, “Well I am going to drive her there so she can try to audition but then we will drive right back home,” but I got in! So, there I was, starting my studies in Vienna still enrolled in high school in Croatia. And in an 80s rock band!


Is there anything else you would like to tell us, which might be interesting to the public?
As a kid, I would run home to watch Star Trek, I really liked it and still do. So much so, that I even wrote a little children’s book about space creatures that have their own planet. Shrinking potions and space ships included! I also like to paint. I'm not a skilled painter but I enjoy the process. At least until I have to clean it all up afterwards!


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