Dragana Jugovic del Monaco



Biography

Mezzo-soprano Dragana del Monaco obtained her honors degree in voice from the School of Arts and Music at Belgrade University in Serbia. In 1989, she pursued further studies at the Milan State Conservatory. In addition to Italian, she has studied and sang in Russian, German, English and French. She made her opera debut in the role of Rosina in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad where she also performed La forza del destino and Eugene Onegin.  She has appeared on numerous European stages, including: Eugene Onegin and Carmen at Stadttheater in Lucerne, Switzerland; Il barbiere di Siviglia at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, Poland; Tamerlano and La fida ninfa at Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Italy; La Traviata at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy; Rigoletto at Cagliari Teatro in Sardinia and Trapani of Sicilia, Italy; Maddalena in Andrea Chenier at Teatro Massimo di Palermo in Italy; Azucena in Il Trovatore in Oslo, Norway; Lola in Cavalleria rusticana at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain; and Olga in Eugene Onegin at the Palacio Festivales, Santander, Spain. She was artist in residence at the Bonn State Opera from 1994 to 1996, where she sung in such productions as The Tales of Hoffman, Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Pique Dame under Yuri Ljubimov, receiving critical acclaim from the German press. She won awards for her roles as Charlotte in Werther (1995), Azucena in Il Trovatore (1996) and the title role in Carmen (1997) at the Serbian National Theatre of Novi Sad. In 1998, she became the leading mezzo-soprano of the National Theatre in Belgrade, where she took the stage as Carmen, Ebolia in Don Carlo, Azucena in Il Trovatore, Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice, Amneris in Aida, and Charlotte in Werther, winning awards for the roles of Carmen and Amneris. In 2009, she performed to great success as Amneris in a new production of Aida at the Cairo Opera House and returned in a new production of Carmen in 2010. She has performed solo recitals in Geneva, Bern, Treviso, Oslo, Copenhagen, Moscow, and Athens. As an exclusive artist of PGP, Dragana del Monaco has released numerous recordings with the Symphony Orchestra of Radio and TV Serbia. She has collaborated with the School of Culture and Media at Megatrend University. In 2002, she was named "Citoyen d'honneur" of the town Zemun in Belgrade.

Watch Past Performances

Video 1/18/2011: Dragana Jugovic del Monaco and Nemanja Bogunovic

The mezzo-soprano is principal soloist of the Serbian National Theatre opera company and has performed around the world. She performs with guitarist Nemanja Bogunovic. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Serbia.

Dragana Jugovic Del Monaco