On the Couch with Maija Kovalevska

OA Maija Kovalevska - photo by Polina ViljunWho is Maija Kovalevska?
I am a Latvian opera singer, performing internationally worldwide.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Nothing. I am very happy and love my work. I am devoted to arts, music and stage.

Who inspires you and why?
My teachers, especially Mirella Freni – I had an honour to study with her. She gave me the best advice.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I would help people more with charity work, so to give happiness, health and peace on the earth.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I am a sea person. I need to be somewhere at the seaside to recreate myself. My last holiday was in California with my friends.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
To some museum, exhibition, concert, or arts event.

What are you currently reading?
Santa degli impossibili (The Saint of the Impossible) by Daria Bignardi

What are you currently listening to?
Bon Jovi.

Happiness is?
My work, traveling, exploring, love, family, friends, charity and good coffee.

What does the future hold for you?
Everything is in God’s hands, I am happy to welcome the future as it will be – open to new lovely roles, travels, challenges, meeting people, learning from them and continuing to grow as an Artist and as a person in life.

Maija stars as Mimi in Opera Australia’s production of La Boheme at Arts Centre Melbourne: 7 – 24 November 2018. For more information, visit: www.opera.org.au for details.

Image: Maija Kovalevska – photo by Polina Viljun