Felicia Moore Soprano, USA “I thought I might become a professional chorister until my voice started growing, and I started craving the freedom of making music as a soloist.” What inspired you to become a singer? I started singing in choirs in high school, and even went to choir college for my undergraduate studies. I thought I might become a professional chorister until my voice started growing, and singing in choirs became a bit more difficult. Eventually I felt restricted singing in a group and craved the freedom of making music as a soloist. What’s your dream role and why? Leonore from Fidelio is a big dream role for me. I love that she goes out with a plan to rescue her man. Her tenacity astounds me. Who is your favourite singer and why? If I could only pick one singer, it would be Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. The compassion she managed to convey vocally is a revelation. What do you hope to achieve by participating in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition? I’m so excited to a part of this group of fabulous singers!! What a treat for me! My career has been mostly based in the US, so I’m really looking forward to meeting singers from all over the world. And, of course, I can’t wait to sing for the judges and see where this experience will take me. Tell us something surprising or unexpected about yourself! I love reading graphic novels! What kind of demands do you believe the future’s opera singers must fulfill to make a career? I feel very strongly that an artistic career is built on authenticity. Of course, there are tons of other things that go into it – luck, hard work and talent. But I think a lasting career requires an original voice, that is entirely and uniquely your own. Whatever you have to say through your art form is the most compelling thing for us, the audience. People want genuine storytelling. And I think this has always been the case, but as there are more singers now than there ever have been, it’s even more important.