Sergey Kaydalov Baritone, Russia “One must love opera as a genre, not as a way to vanity.” What inspired you to become a singer? Dmitry Hvorostovsky. What’s your dream role and why? Der Fliegende Holländer, because of it's mystical and powerful character, and the grandiosity of Wagner's music. Who is your favourite singer and why? Nikolay Ghiaurov's vocal technique and musicality are ideal. What do you hope to achieve by participating in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition? I hope to be evaluated fairly and to get some awesome work opportunity. Tell us something surprising or unexpected about yourself! I don't know what alcohol intoxication is. I'm the only Russian teetotaller. What kind of demands do you believe the future’s opera singers must fulfill to make a career? To have perfect technique, knowledge of languages which one can sing, and to love opera as a genre, not as a way to vanity.