What did you choose to sing?
In the first round with piano accompaniment, I was allowed to choose two pieces by different composers, from two different periods in two different languages. I chose “Revenge, Thimotheus Cries” by Georg Friedrich Handel and “Per me giunto - O Carlo ascolta” by Verdi.
In the semi-finals, we were also asked to come up with two options, again with piano accompaniment, of which the jury chose one. Each one had to contain at least one aria by Mozart, a German Lied, a French song or an Italian operatic aria.
In the finals I was free to choose my own half hour programme and I sang, as I did in the first round, “Revenge” and “Per me giunto”, together with “Gott sei mir gnädig” by Mendelssohn, “Bella siccome un angelo” by Donizetti and “O vin, dissipe” by Ambroise Thomas.
Where did you train and what made you decide to continue your training in Germany?
I started at the Stanković music school in Belgrade as a student of Prof. Tatjana Bajalica and from there went on to study with the operatic star and teacher Biserka Cvejić in Belgrade. After that I met Snežana Stamenković who, in October, 2007 became my teacher at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim.
How did you become interested in singing opera?
I was singing in a choir for a long time and a friend of mine suggested I go to a music school for opera singing. I was literally dragged there by the ear to meet my first teacher. I knew very little about it at the time, but gradually this particular kind of art grabbed me and I am more than glad that things turned out the way they did. While my mother was pregnant with me, she went to the opera regularly so there surely must be something there.
What are your plans for thefuture?
I am currently involved in a new production of the Magic Flute at the Nationaltheater Mannheim where I sing the comic role of “Papageno”. Over the last three years I have sung the parts of Fiorello (The Barber of Seville), Morales (Carmen), Heerrufer (Lohengrin), and as of the next season I will be adding Figaro (The Barber of Seville), Silvio (Pagliacci), Ping (Turandot) as well as the aforementioned Papageno to my repertoire.
In addition, in December, 2011, I shall be giving a recital of German Lied (songs
composed by Robert Schumann to texts by Heinrich Heine) at Ludwigshafen. In July, 2011 I shall be giving a concert of songs by Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen where I shall be accompanied by the Heidelberg Orchestra.