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Irena Preda


Soprano Irena Preda comes from Ljubljana, Slovenia. The recipient of scholarships by The City of Ljubljana, Rotary Club Ljubljana and the Gallus Foundation, she studied at Trinity College of Music in London, where she graduated with distinction. Only two days after graduating, she made her operatic debut in the lead role of George Bizet’s Carmen. Most recently she portrayed Nina in the new Slovene opera Ljubezen kapital (Love Capital) at the Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana.

She was invited by Montserrat Caballé to perform in her concert of arias by Giacomo Puccini in Zaragoza, Spain, which marked the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth.

Her performance before Queen Elizabeth II was very warmly received both by Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

She has given recitals in London and across England as well as Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, China, Croatia, England, Germany, France, India, Israel, Italy, Macedonia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka and Sweden, performing with renowned orchestras and soloists such as violinist Julian Rachlin, guitarist Alen Garagi?, conductor Benjamin Zander (Boston Philharmonic Orchestra), Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Croatian National Theatre Orchestra and the Prague Philharmonic Choir among others.

Performances in the near future include recitals at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and Ottawa, Canada.

Irena started her musical journey as a member of the youth choir Veter, performing at festivals throughout Europe. She began her vocal studies with Pia Brodnik at the Ljubljana Vi?-Rudnik Music School. Only a few years later, she was offered a place at Trinity College of Music in London, where she studied with Sophie Grimmer, Robert Aldwinckle and Linda Hirst. She continued her studies with Ameral Gunson, Mary Hill and Dunja Vejzovi?.

She has taken masterclasses with several renowned singers, conductors, pianists and actors such as Montserrat Caballé, Teresa Berganza, Sir John Tomlinson, Richard Miller, Paul Kiesgen, Philip Langridge, Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Donald Maxwell, Eugene Asti, Ubaldo Fabri, Nelly Miricioiu, Benjamin Zander, Dunja Vejzovic, Jeremy Irons, Imelda Staunton and Jonathan Pryce and studied the Lee Strassberg Method at the Brothers Vajevec Actors Studio. During her studies she played Venus and Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Lucia in Julian Grant's A very private beach .

Watch Past Performances

Video 5/25/2014: Irena Preda and Nejc Lavrencic

The Slovenian operatic soprano and pianist perform works by Lipovsek, Ipavec, Skerjanc, Simoniti, Lajovic, Puccini, Massenet, and Verdi. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Slovenia.

Irena Preda