Chuan Wang Tenor, China "To have a kind heart is very important, as these are the singers that can sing the most beautiful music." What inspired you to become a singer? I have always been very sensitive and alert to to music. For a long time I only saw the singing as a hobby, but at 17 I decided to formally learn to sing and that’s when I encountered classical music for the first time. What’s your dream role and why? In fact, I have several dream roles, and they will keep changing along with my voice. If I have to choose one that matches my current voice, I think Lindoro from L’Italiana in Algeri by Rossini. Who is your favourite singer and why? I appreciate a lot of different singers, because of their various advantages in the music of different periods. However, if I was to choose one, it would be Luciano Pavarotti. The first time I heard opera, was when Pavarotti sang Calaf in Turandot – a voice I liked momentarily for it’s charm. What do you hope to achieve by participating in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition? Every time I participate in a competition, I hope to gain more experience. I am looking forward to hearing the comments and suggestions from the judges, so that I can improve myself. I would of course be even more excited if I was lucky enough to get some award or a chance to work. Tell us something surprising or unexpected about yourself! I used to be a football player. At that time, I was very tiny. When I started learning classical singing at 17, I thought I needed to have the same shape of body as Pavarotti in order to sing better. So I started eating without control, and now I am suffering from weight loss due to obesity. What kind of demands do you believe the future’s opera singers must fulfill to make a career? I think that as an opera singer, the first thing is modesty. Only with this quality, the artistry of a singer will never end. Secondly; never stop learning and forever try to perfect yourself. Moreover, having a kind heart is very important, as these are the singers that can sing the most beautiful music.