What inspired you to become a singer?
I fell in love with singing after seeing how it was a beautiful form of communication that can connect with people on an emotional level.
What’s your dream role and why?
Elsa von Brabant because I believe she is strong in her faith and a moral compass of the opera, and her music is beautiful.
Who is your favourite singer and why?
Among many favourites, Renée Fleming holds a special place in my heart as she was one of the first singers I heard on a Met Live in HD Broadcast on Public Television. I have also been able to hear her perform and meet her backstage in my hometown.
What do you hope to achieve by participating in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition?
I hope to push myself to a greater level of expression, to connect with the audience, to experience a new country, and to share the joy I have in the music that I’m bringing.
Tell us something surprising or unexpected about yourself!
In December of 2012, when I first visited the Metropolitan Opera on a backstage tour, the guide asked if anyone would like to work here. My hand shot up and she let me sing for the group at the back of the stage. After I sang I was applauded by the full crew who were putting up a new set. My dream was born.
For the next 5 years I auditioned for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In 2018 I won the competition, and I got to sing at the front of the stage this time, with an audience of 4,000 and accompanied by the full Metropolitan Orchestra. It was a dream come true! The very next year I made both my Metropolitan Opera Debut in Suor Angelica and my Live in HD Debut as ‘Helmwige’ in Wagner’s Die Walküre!
What kind of demands do you believe the future’s opera singers must fulfill to make a career?
I believe opera singers has to be very grounded persons, they have to be passionate and feel a need to express. They must be honest with themselves at all times and find joy in what they do. I also believe an opera singer must be generous in their energy and spirit, and willing to be vulnerable and open in performing.