Maria Motolygina Maria Motolygina is a graduate of the State Conservatoire in Saratov, Russia. She has been a member of the Young Artist Programme at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow since 2018. What is your dream role and why? I don't have one dream role; I would like to sing a lot of things. Because every character opens up something new in you. Who is your favorite singer and why? I listen to a lot of singers in different productions, I like a lot of people, but everyone is good at something different. I am interested to see how different singers interpret the same image. What do you hope to achieve by participating in the Queen Sonja International Music Competition? For me, participation in the contest is a very important and exciting moment. Preparation for the competition provides an opportunity for professional growth. I think participation will help to reach a new level of performance. What kind of demands do you believe the future's opera singers must fulfill to make a career? I believe that in order to make a career, you should always be in search of something to learn, to develop.