Julia Muzychenko Soprano, Russia "To participate in such an esteemed competition is an incredible responsibility for every singer." What inspired you to become a singer? When I was 5 years old I visited an opera house for the first time. I was very impressed with the beautiful voices, and enjoyed listening to the opera singers. What’s your dream role and why? My favorite character is Violetta from La Traviata, she is a very strong woman. I admire her! I am very happy to have performed this character in various productions, because every director sees Violetta in a different way and I am glad to discover something new about this character every time. Who is your favourite singer and why? Leontyne Price is my favorite singer. She overcame many difficulties in her life and her voice goes very deeply into my heart. She is amazing! What do you hope to achieve by participating in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition? To participate in such a leading competition is an incredible responsibility for every singer. I would like to wish all participants good luck! And I’d like to have fun on stage in the Hall in Oslo. What kind of demands do you believe the future’s opera singers must fulfill to make a career? I believe that an opera singer should have the will, perseverance, and self-confidence in order to succeed. Believing in yourself is the way to victory. Hard work and practice is also essential for success.