Why do you do the job that you do? I enjoyed singing from a very young age. Through it I could express myself and be whoever I wanted to be. Singing is not just a job, it’s my home.
Who has influenced you most professionally? My teachers’ and coaches’ guidance, knowledge and encouragement have moulded me into the artist I am today.
Is there any other profession that you would have liked to have followed? I would have loved to have been an archaeologist; I’m fascinated by ancient Egyptian history and love exploration and adventure.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? A world where people respect each other’s views, trouble no one about their race or religion and go about their own business, appreciative and grateful for the wonderful blessings around us.
If you could have dinner with a historical figure, who would it be?
Abraham Lincoln – his calm and softly spoken demeanour fascinates me. His devotion to equality and economic advancement during the Civil War, despite his humble beginnings, is very inspiring.
What is your greatest extravagance? I would have to say make-up.
One thing you regret is… I avoid using the word regret as much as I can. I believe everything happens for a reason. All my experiences made me the person I am today. And as the saying goes, “If it doesn’t kill you, it’ll make you stronger”.
If you could have any opera character as a friend, who would it be, and why? Marcello from La bohème. He is a painter and I love visiting art galleries; it would be nice to have him as a companion. For a man, he’s also a good listener.
Who or what is the love of your life? Singing. At this point in my life everything revolves around my singing – my career, extra-curricular activities and social life. When I sing I feel free.
What are you optimistic about? I’ve worked very hard for many years and I have achieved my goals thus far. I am optimistic and very excited about what the future holds.
You would like to devote more time to…Painting and sketching, which I used to do while growing up. I still have a lot of canvases and utensils at home. Hopefully, one day I will become inspired to use them again.
What is your favourite food? I can eat Sushi every day.
What is your most treasured possession? My grandmother’s pearls, an heirloom passed down to my mother who then passed them on to me.
Which is the opera that got you hooked? La bohème. The first time I saw it was at New York’s Met. The staging, the singing and the whole event was such an emotional experience. It was the first time I cried in an opera. It was then that I decided that I wanted to be part of opera.
Which opera do you never need to hear again? I haven’t seen all the operas in the world yet, so I can’t say that I’m tired of a particular one.
If there’s one quote that really speaks to you it’s…“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is your idea of misery? Losing a loved one. I understand that death is part of life but at this point I cannot begin to imagine what it would be like to lose a family member.
You still hope to…Settle down and have a family of my own. It’s not a requirement and with a career like this, it’s probably going to be a challenge, but it would be nice to have someone very special to come home to with a few little people running around.
Which characteristics do you most admire in others? Sense of humour, honesty and courage. (In men, pecs optional).
You feel guilty when you think about… Eating carbs… but I eat them anyway.
What type of holiday do you most enjoy? Exotic summer location with a great view of the beach, luxurious accommodation and doing absolutely nothing.
Who is your favourite band? I’m a little out of touch with the band scene, but I used to listen to Boys II Men and The Beach Boys.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My bank balance.
You spend too much money on…My niece, whom I adore, and Superman merchandise. Collecting all things Superman was a big part of my childhood and I just never grew out of it, as much as I try to deny it.
Your greatest achievement has been… Every competition I’ve won and opportunities I’ve been given have been a blessing. I’ve poured my heart and soul into every single one. I’m very proud of everything I have achieved.
The book everyone loved but you could not finish was…Fifty Shades of Grey. Honestly, I bought it because everyone was talking about it. Maybe one day I’ll get to the end of it.
What is your favourite kitchen appliance? Definitely the juicer.
How do you stay up to date with new technology and trends? With the help of my brother, who is my tech adviser.
Who is your favourite heartthrob? Hmm … It has changed many times over the years, from Edward Furlong to Mark-Paul Gosselaar, John Stamos and Brad Pitt. I think my current heartthrob may have to be Henry Cavill (who is playing Superman in the upcoming 2013 movie... coincidence?).
Natalie Aroyan is performing the role of Mimì in La bohème, showing at Sydney Opera House until 23 March 2013. Click here for more information and tickets.