Meigui Zhang Soprano, China "My parents are both singers and have had great influence on my singing." What inspired you to become a singer? My parents, they are both singers and have had great influence on my singing. What’s your dream role and why? Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor. It is a beautiful aria with lots of dramatic emotion, and I see it as one of the more challenging roles. The role is very close to my heart, but far from my real life. Who is your favourite singer and why? Mirella Freni for her Italian old school singing and the beautiful color of her voice. What do you hope to achieve by participating in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition? I think everyone hopes to get the prize, right? Tell us something surprising or unexpected about yourself! I am also a scuba diver, pianist and violinist. What kind of demands do you believe the future’s opera singers must fulfill to make a career? Most importantly you have to love your career and enjoy what you are doing. As opera singers, we must have something to communicate to our audiences, to make them feel that they are involved in the story through our singing and performing.