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New Year New Artist at Sage Gateshead brings together stars of the future from folk, classical, jazz and world music. We get to know one of those, Josep-Ramon Olivé a little better ahead of an appearance on Saturday 19th January.

So, tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
My name is Josep-Ramon Olivé (30) and I am a baritone from Barcelona. I usually sing opera, song and oratorio and I very much like the art of performing.

What’s the first record you ever bought?
Probably the opera Le Nozze di Figaro by the label Archiv which features Sir J.E. Gardiner, Bryn Terfel, Rodney Gilfry, etc.

What’s your guilty pleasure musically?
Txarango, a Catalan pop group.

Favourite film of all time?
Life is beautiful (La vita è bella).

Your guilty pleasure film?
The Island.

If you could recommend one TV series to binge watch, what would it be?
Westworld.

Your favourite book?
Don’t read much but I loved Victus by Albert Sánchez Piñol.

Who or what makes you laugh the most?
Bad jokes, I’m a laugher!

Who or what makes you sad?
Several things, but nowadays it makes me especially sad the injustice of having Catalan political leaders jailed in Spain.

If you had super power, what would it be?
Teletransportation.

And finally, you get to play a board game with any three famous people from history, who do you choose and what’s the board game?
Game would be RISK and players would be Napoleon, Churchill and Obama.

Josep-Ramon Olivé plays New Year, New Artists at Sage Gateshead on Saturday 19th January.

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