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Renata Pokupic


Croatian mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupic is known internationally through her acclaimed performances of baroque, classical and coloratura repertoire. Her recent opera engagements have included the highly acclaimed Royal Opera House, Covent Garden debut as Irene Tamerlano (previously performed at Teatro Real, Madrid), Cherubino for Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera, Bradamante Orlando Furioso for Oper Frankfurt, Sesto La clemenza di Tito for Chicago Opera Theater, Annio La clemenza di Tito for Opéra de Lyon and the title role in Cavalli Eliogabalo at Grange Park Opera.

Much in demand on concert platform, Renata recently sang the title role in Theodora and Piacere Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh; Angel Elijah with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Orchestre National de France, both under Kurt Masur; Pulcinella in Monte Carlo under Yakov Kreizberg; Bach Christmas Oratorio on tour with Ensemble Matheus and Jean-Christoph Spinosi; Dorabella Così fan tutte (concert performances) and Mozart Requiem at Théatre des Champs-Elysées under Jérémie Rhorer; L'Enfance du Christ with Musikkollegium Winterthur and Douglas Boyd, with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields and Carlo Rizzi, and with Netherlands Chamber Orchestra under Kreizberg; Bach B minor Mass with Montreal Symphony and Kent Nagano; and De Falla Le Tricorne in concert under Kazushi Ono for Opéra de Lyon. She has also sung Pergolesi Stabat Mater with Les talens lyriques and Christophe Rousset; Il Trionfo del Tempo with the Akademie fur Alte Musik, Berlin; Teodata Flavio with the Academy of Ancient Music and Christopher Hogwood. She works regularly with such conductors as John Eliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh, Emmanuelle Haïm, Laurence Cummings and Christian Curnyn.

A committed recitalist, Renata works with the international pianist Roger Vignoles with whom Renata recently made her Wigmore Hall debut. Together they have recently performed at the Delft Chamber Festival, Petworth Festival and the Great Hall in Downpatrick for the BBC.

Highlights from 2010/11 season include her; Mozart Coronation Mass with Orchestre de Paris under Jean-Christophe Spinosi; Beethoven Symphony No.9 under Kurt Masur and Orchester Beethoven Bonn; Bach St Matthew Passion with Rotterdam Philharmonic and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Mahler Symphony No. 2 under Sakari Oramo and the CBSO; Pulcinella with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg; Mozart Requiem with Paul McCreesh with the Copenhagen Philharmonic at the Oslo Church Music Festival; Mozart Requiem under Stephen Layton at the BBC Proms; and concerts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

This season, engagements include Nerone Agrippina in Lille and Dijon, Alcina Orlando Furioso with Ensemble Matheus in Vienna and Madrid, Dvorak Stabat Mater with DSO Berlin under Kent Nagano, Dorabella Cosi fan tutte for Washington National Opera, St Matthew Passion with Rotterdam Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and title role Cendrillon for Opéra de Lille.

October 2011
Renata Pokupic