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Liv Redpath


Liv Redpath is a graduate of Harvard University and The Juilliard School, and a former Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist with the Los Angeles Opera.

What’s your dream role and why?

I have too many dream roles! Sometimes I worry I’m a bit like a kid in a candy store…Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier feels natural — she’s so awkward and pure, yet somehow wise beyond her years and purview. In that last duet after the trio, it’s as though she’s choosing to live in the moment she was placed in — a certain depth in that pragmatism; all we can hope for in life! I could write more, but I’ll just say, Strauss and Hofmannsthal really do it for me. The rest of my laundry list would include Cleopatra, Adina, Marie, Giulietta, Susanna, Ilia, Zdenka, Lucia, Ophélie, Gretel, Mélisande, Tsaritsa of Shemakha, Zerbinetta, Oscar, Agnès, Lulu, Konstanze…if I could sing Rigoletto or Scarpia, I would, but…let’s hope reincarnation is a thing.

Who is your favourite singer and why?

Again, I have a few favorite singers. Lorraine Hunt Lieberson feels like home to me: the honesty, the lack of artifice. I also love Anna Moffo, Rita Streich, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. They’re all quite different, but I feel they all offer exactly and exclusively of themselves when they sing, and I can hear who they are in their respective mind’s eyes.

What to you hope to achieve by participating in the Queen Sonja International Music Competition?

I have been so thrilled and charmed by this competition, even virtually! I’m of Scandinavian descent, so it’s exciting for me to be in a competition here — I would love to sing in Scandinavia and more in Europe, so I’m hoping to gain more exposure on this side of the Atlantic.

What kind of demands do you believe the future’s opera singers must fulfill to make a career?

I think in an increasingly virtual, removed, and consequently disingenuous and fragmented world we need to remind people of true presence and connection — and the meaning that can be found only in those moments. I think to have a dynamic and impactful career you need to care deeply and demonstrably about ideas and about sharing generously with those around you — beauty comes from this. You need to affect the quality of the day, if you will.

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