Anna-Doris Capitelli Mezzo-soprano, Germany “What we are trying to do is to get them back to real feelings, to an experience they can have only once in a lifetime, because every performance is unique.” What inspired you to become a singer? I simply love music and becoming part of it. I always loved to act – to become someone else. Singing and music is to me the clearest expression of feelings, which is the reason why I listen to music (to be touched by the virtuosity of an artist), and decided to sing and not only act. What’s your dream role and why? My dream role changes from day to day. It depends on what I want to express, but if I could choose now, I would say Romeo from Bellini’s Capuelti e i Montecchi. That means I would be capable of the extreme vocal extension that the role requires, and to (finally) have my own dying scene, which normally only the sopranos are allowed to have. Who is your favourite singer and why? I don't have one favorite singer, and as I listen to every kind of opera I always discover new names and great talents. I love Brigitte Fassbaender’s singing, and she is in my eyes one of the best German singers of all time. There is also Cecilia Bartoli, whom I have admired since I was very young. She is just the expression of pure joy in music. Olga Borodina is another great mezzo-soprano, and Cesare Siepi a great bass. What do you hope to achieve by participating in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition? A competition is always a very demanding situation in all aspects. Personally, I hope to be able to relax and to really live in the moment, and to gain self-esteem which is necessary for us to do our job. Participating in this big competition is already a big success in itself, because it allows me to express myself as I wish; for myself and the audience. Tell us something surprising or unexpected about yourself! I can be very childish, and I love Disney films. I am still dreaming of becoming a dubbing actress for Walt Disney. I also once won a song contest together with two friends, where I was singing and playing the violoncello, while the other two played the guitar and percussion. Our text was very funny and we didn't expect it to be taken seriously, but in the end we won. What kind of demands do you believe the future’s opera singers must fulfill to make a career? In short: passion, technique, the capability to say “no”, a healthy self-confidence and patience. The opera scene is changing, and due to cinema and social media, everyone can get the entertainment they want whenever they want. Although I believe in the "trueness" of live performances, we increasingly need to convince our audiences that what we are trying to do is to get them back to real feelings, to an experience they can have only once in a lifetime, because every performance is unique. Another quality the singer should have, is the capability to say "no". Everyone nowadays wants to achieve a great career and to be successful as soon as possible. Sometimes the outside is pressing you and comparing everyone around you with where you are at, so to be strong and protecting your voice is very important. That leads me to the last important quality: patience. Be aware that you're working hard, and sometimes that is the only thing you can do in that particular moment.