What makes you jump out of your bed every morning?
My schedule! I always have a plan. Sometimes it is a super busy schedule, sometimes it is every day things I have to do and sometimes the plan is to rest so I then don’t have to get up. I love doing planned things and that’s what makes me get up in the mornings, so I can finish them and make some more plans!
What is your favourite role to sing at the moment?
I always try to enjoy every single role that I sing. I make sure that I do my best so that my heroine becomes alive on stage.
Cio-Cio San in Madam Butterfly
I like a lot of Opera’s. A lot. I love Verdi Opera’s and Puccini. I really admire composers like Berg, Strauss and Weinberg. I love bright heroines. I enjoy singing roles of villains, its always interesting and deep.You can make up a whole story as to why your character is so evil. Maybe she is in pain or sad. The one Opera that stands out for me is Pucccini’s Opera – Turandot. In time I would love to sing both women’s roles in Opera.
If you could sing anywhere in the world (not just in theatre) where would it be?
I can’t name a particular place in the world. I really like Saint Petersburg and Russia. I love Italy. I like England more and more ;-). When I start thinking where I would like to sing it’s not a place but the professional people around me that I think of. I imagine the highest quality around me and my constant development and maybe imposable goals that I would like to achieve on stage.
Cio-Cio San and Suzuki
Best bits about England?
Open spaces, sheep, fields, boundless sky which reminds me of Russia.I have not seen enough of London as I had an important performance there but I felt that London is a special city with it’s own particular atmosphere.
Tell us something about yourself that no one knows.
No one knows that I am a small coward inside. How I get nervous before the performance. If anyone had a chance to hear some of my thought, they would not understand me.
How do you relax after an important performance?
I like to be with my colleagues and people who were involved in the performance. I like to reflect on a good performance and move on to the next performance and plan new targets and goals.
Favourite Opera singer?
My answer will be ordinary. It is Maria Callas. She is not just a singer but an actor as well. I admire her not only for her voice but how she lived on stage and acted the role of her character.
If you could take anyone to dinner who would you take?
I would invite Joseph Brodsky. I think with him it will be a very interesting evening. We would have had a great time in one of the restaurants in Venice. However, he is dead so that would not be possible.
What’s your life motto?
‘Love life in all its manifestations’. ‘Live and let others live as well’.
‘Live and enjoy every minute.’