Sigrid Bøe Soprano, Norway “All my friends used to watch Disney, and I would only watch opera." What inspired you to become a singer? The Magic Flute by Ingmar Bergman made was my favourite movie growing up. All my friends used to watch Disney, and I would only watch opera. Either that or the original Sound of Music movie. I would watch them all day long, wanting to become Maria von Trapp or the Queen of the Night. What’s your dream role and why? My dream role is without a doubt Violetta in La Traviata. I love the way Verdi writes his music for us singers, never making us carry the whole string section, but only supportive enough to make us feel part of the orchestra and never alone. Who is your favourite singer and why? Oh, I have many. Birgit Nilsson because of her unbeatable sound. Mirella Freni because of her breathtaking interpretations of the Italian repertoire. Montserrat Caballé because of the inhuman flexibility in her voice. What do you hope to achieve by participating in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition? I am honoured to be one of the faces to represent Norway in this competition, showing some of my favourite Norwegian repertoire to the jury. Tell us something surprising or unexpected about yourself! I had no idea I wanted to be a singer before I was in my early 20’s. I studied to be a language teacher, and paid my way through university working as a bartender, coffee waitress, drama teacher for children and journalist. What kind of demands do you believe the future’s opera singers must fulfill to make a career? Well, I think we need to learn to face rejection even more than before, still fighting for the next opportunity and learning from our mistakes. And never settle, always wanting more skills to serve the music its justice.