Sungho Kim Tenor, South Korea "The voice of a person includes his life, his values, and his personality." What inspired you to become a singer? Music in itself inspires me. Music has always been my source of consolation and rest, and it is also there when I am happy or sad. That is why I have always wanted to live for the music, and now work as an opera singer. What’s your dream role and why? At some point I would like to sing the role of Arnoldo from Guillaume Tell. Singing this role would require deep emotional investment, and mastering the difficult vocal technique. It will be exciting to see when I can overcome this challenge. Who is your favourite singer and why? My favourite tenor is Jussi Bjorling. His voice is brilliant, like a voice kissed by the heavens. Everywhere and always some role sung by him has melted the audience’s heart. His voice was always great, and he did not at all lose his flexibility. I also respect and love Maestro Placido Domingo as an artist. I think his work is cultural heritage in itself. He has made a tremendous contribution to mankind beyond the cultural and operatic worlds. What do you hope to achieve by participating in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition? Already being able to participate in the Queen Sonja Competition is a great success and accomplishment! My dream is to introduce my voice to people all over the world and to comfort people’s hearts by voice. I want my music to move into a bigger world through this competition. Tell us something surprising or unexpected about yourself! Last year I won the Hans Gaver Belvedere Competition! What kind of demands do you believe the future’s opera singers must fulfill to make a career? There are a lot of requirements for an opera singer, such as voice and acting, but I think humanity is the most important quality. Opera is a genre that conveys the singer’s character and emotions. The voice of a person includes his life, his values, and his personality.