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Vera Talerko


Soprano, Latvia
"This is a fantastic opportunity for self-improvement, for new connections and for finding new friends."

What inspired you to become a singer?
I have been singing since I could think. I never actually thought that singing and music in itself could be profession, which is why I have always gone to schools with extra mathematics and physics. However, after graduating twelfth grade with very good marks, I understood that I could not see myself anywhere else: Music is my life – music is my passion.

What’s your dream role and why?
My dream role is Manon by Massenet, because I think it will fit my character and voice perfectly. This is not only for a high soprano, but a role which is transforming throughout the show. Just like Musetta in La Boheme; at first she is easy going and silly, but step by step she shares of her deep personality. I love challenges especially in acting.

Who is your favourite singer and why?
Up until my work in at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet in Oslo, Natalie Dessay was one of my favorite singers, for her very clean but at the same time deep voice and wonderful acting. But while living in Norway, I met many fantastic performers who are also very talented: Marita Solberg and Tone Våga Kummervold. They have a different type of voice, but they are incredible on stage!

What do you hope to achieve by participating in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition?
This is a fantastic opportunity for self-improvement, for new connections and for finding new friends.

Tell us something surprising or unexpected about yourself!
Two years ago I won the audience prize in the Queen Sonja Music Competition! The requirement was to post any photo on Instagram with a QSIMC-hashtag – and I won! I was then able to take my friend to Copenhagen to see the prizewinner concerts, and we were so happy. I felt as I was a part of this competition and I decided that I should definitely try to participate myself.

What kind of demands do you believe the future’s opera singers must fulfill to make a career?
Opera singers should be very intelligent, nice persons who sing beautifully. You should be a superhero who never gets tired or sick.
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