I started classical training properly at university, but even then it wasn’t something I thought I could do for a living…I didn’t picture myself as an opera singer, I just loved singing. I say this all the time, but if it were not for the Norwegian education system, I would never be a singer. My parents could not afford the education, so the state paid. After five years of studying I realised I would do whatever it took to do this all the time. I consider myself very lucky that I ended up where I am today.
My mum works as a caretaker for people with mental and physical disabilities, and my dad is an electrician… so I don’t come from a musical family, and didn’t visit opera until the age of 19, but I chose to embrace this universe because it gave me a chance to express feelings and emotions in a way I haven’t done before. I love the fact I can be someone else for a while on stage.