Theodore Browne Tenor, Germany “I don’t have one dream role – opera has produced so many inspiring, interesting, entertaining, complex and breathtaking characters over the centuries.” What inspired you to become a singer? My family certainly played a huge role in inspiring me to become a singer – especially my father, seeing that he's an opera singer too. Music was an essential part of my growing up; my sisters and I would often sing or perform together either at home or publicly, my parents met at the opera in Cape Town and my father's job was the reason we moved to Germany when I was a small child. The opera world and music in general have always accompanied me throughout my entire life – so to become a singer felt like a natural decision. What’s your dream role and why? I don’t have one dream role – opera has produced so many inspiring, interesting, entertaining, complex and breathtaking characters over the centuries. But to name a few, I think that the roles of Don Ramiro and Nemorino have been amazingly fun and I am really happy to have been able to have performed these. Other roles I'm looking forward to would be Rossini's Conte Almavia in Barbiere di Siviglia, Tonio in Donizetti's Fille du Regiment and Mozart's Tamino. Who is your favourite singer and why? I actually have three favourite singers: Jussi Bjoerling, Fritz Wunderlich and Luciano Pavarotti. The easiness and passion in the way they sang is one of the most amazing and inspiring things I have ever come across when listening to recordings. I also deeply admire Pavarotti's thankfulness on stage: the humbleness toward the music, the audience and everyone involved was truly special. What do you hope to achieve by participating in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition? Seeing that I've just finished my studies in Frankfurt the timing seems to be perfect for me to present myself to the world. I am more than thankful for this wonderful opportunity to show myself to an internationally renowned jury, agents, casting & opera directors and, of course, the general public. I hope that this experience will help nurture my young career as an opera singer. Tell us something surprising or unexpected about yourself! Until I was 21 years old I never wanted to become an opera singer – I was very interested in becoming a diplomat. What kind of demands do you believe the future’s opera singers must fulfill to make a career? I believe it is of the utmost importance to remain authentic in everything one does as an opera singer – personally, emotionally and especially vocally. In order to sustain these traits I believe that it is vital to develop curiosity and self-confidence, so that one stays passionate and open to the ever changing demands of the opera world.