The Kennedy Center

A Rainbow of Music Serbian Quartet



Biography

Jadranka Jovanovic (mezzo-soprano) is an artist whose performances carry impressive strength, and remind the audience that the time of a true primadonna never ends. Her international career began at La Scala in Milan, where she sang in operas Carmen and Andrea Chenier, led by Claudio Abbado and Riccardo Chailly. At La Scala she also appeared in the lead role of the world premiere staging of Orfeo by Luigi Rossi.Ms Jovanovic toured all over the world: Barcelona (Teatro lirico in Adriana Lecouvrer with P. Domingo and Mirella Freni, and Roberto Devereux with R. Bonynge), Rome (Fantasy on the theme from Camen with Jose Carreras), Salzburg (Mozart’s Messe in c minor), Seville, Florence, Parma, Palermo, Catania, Cagliari, Trieste, Pesaro, Bergamo, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Dublin, Lisbon, Liege, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Palm Beach, Prague, Sofia, Bucharest, Budapest, Athens, Rio (four productions including Carmen with P. Domingo). She collaborated with other luminaries such as Eva Marton, Daniella Dessi, Janice Baird, Elisabeta Matos, Peter Dvorsky, Jose Cura, Giuseppe Giacomini, Ruggiero Raimondi, Paata Burchuladze. She also performed the first Carmen in the Middle East in the Emirates.The career of Ms Jovanovic has been a symbol for high vocal artistry in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia, and according to a critic from the Messaggero Veneto, “She has everything a true primadonna should have”.

Nikola Rackov, MA in piano performance, is a full time professor of the Piano Department of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, Serbia, and one of the most active musicians and artists in his homeland. Up to now, he has accomplished more than 2200 performances on all 5 continents, constantly seeking new and original ways of presenting music to wide audiences. Mr Rackov is the founder of the multimedia presentation of art in Serbia, author of hundreds of TV and radio programs, as well as the author of 10 books on music and the world of media.His art of performing has been recorded on 10 LPs, one CD and many video tapes.Also active as a founder and/or art director of many cultural events in Serbia, Mr. Rackov spent time in the US as a Fullbright scholar, and acted as a visiting artist and professor at a number of American Universities and Conservatories of Music.

Baritone Dimitrie Lazich has amassed significant credits both internationally and in the US, performing a number of leading roles. He made his professional European debut with the Staatsoper Stuttgart in their production of Doctor Faustus and has performed with De Nederlandse Reisopera in La Traviata. In the UK, Lazich debuted with the Dorset Opera singing Zurga in their production of The Pearlfishers and more recently with the Longborough Festival Opera as Escamillo in Carmen. In the US he has performed the roles of Maximilian in Candide, Louis in Bolcolm's A View from the Bridge and Marco in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, the roles of Marullo in Rigoletto, Papageno in the Magic Flute, the Four Villains in the Tales of Hoffman, Wagner in Faust and Lakai in Ariadne with the Opera Company of Philadelphia and Erster Soldat in Salome with Cleveland Opera. In Sarasota he performed Thomas Putnamin in The Crucible and the Imperial Commissioner in Mme Butterfly and Moralès in Carmen.On the concert stage Mr. Lazich has performed solos in the Faure Requiem, Duruflé Requiem, Haydn The Creation, Orff Carmina Burana and Mendelssohn Elijah. He was the featured soloist with Worcester Symphony and Choir in both Handel Messiah and Bach St. Matthew's Passion. He also performed the Duruflé Requiem with the Dessoff Choirs in New York and Carmina Burana with the Providence Singers. Mr. Lazich is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Djordje Stevan Nesic’s pianism has been described as artful, assertive, sensitive and quietly virtuosic, and his career has been highlighted by recital, concerto, chamber, and collaborative performances. Most recently, Mr. Nesic performed live on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, recorded seven newly commissioned art songs for Opera America Songbook CD, performed at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel halls, and Ravinia Festival’s “Rising Star Series.” He participated in the Midwest-Emmy winning PBS broadcast of “This Little Light of Mine”, also issued on DVD. Other venues include Lincoln Center, the United Nations General Assembly Hall, the Mann Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia, and FUJI TV in Japan. He has ample operatic experience from the Juilliard School, Aspen Music Festival, the Tanglewood Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, Houston Grand Opera, the Greenwich Music Festival, and the Phoenicia Voice Festival.Djordje Stevan Nesic, a roster member of the Arts Global Artistic Foundation, currently lives in New York City. For more information, please visit http://djordjenesic.com
Djordje Nesic