Anna Malesza Soprano, Poland “Maybe I am naive, but I think that real talent and being a normal human being at the same time should be enough to make it.” What inspired you to become a singer? During my violin studies I went to one of my friend’s singing recitals. I simply discovered that I would love to sing like that as well, so I decided to go for the entrance exams. As I didn’t expect that I would become a singer in the future, it was more the fun of it. I was a professional solo violinist and everyone thought I was joking when I started singing. Now I am more of a singer than violinist. Who is your favourite singer and why? I don’t have just one favourite singer. It depends on the repertoire; some singers I like for their roles in Mozart or Puccini’s operas, or in German repertoire, whereas some of them I love more as actors than singers. This world is full of amazing, totally incredible artists. What do you hope to achieve by participating in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition? After the competition I hope to be happy and confident that I did a good job. Of course it would be nice to get some award, but over the last few months I’ve learned that the most important thing in my life is my own awareness of who I am, who I am as an artist, and how hard I work. What kind of demands do you believe the future’s opera singers must fulfill to make a career? Maybe I am naive, but I think that real talent (honest personality and high level of musicality and acting) and being a normal human being at the same time should be enough.