Jadranka Jovanovic


Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Jadranka Jovanovic is a world-renowned opera singer. For many years now her name has been synonymous with vocal art in Serbia and Montenegro. With her vast career, charisma, grace, and popularity, she is everything a genuine prima donna should be.

Ms. Jovanovic debuted as Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Seviglia at the National Theatre in Belgrade, where she interpreted all main mezzo-soprano roles. Her international career started at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan where she appeared in Carmen and Andrea Chenier, conducted by Claudio Abbado and Riccardo Chailly, respectively. At the Scala she also appeared in the leading role in the world premiere staging of Orfeo by Luigi Rossi.

Throughout her career, Ms. Jovanovic’s performances predominantly spanned Italian theatres, opera houses, and festivals including: Musical May in Florence: The Gambler by Sergey Prokofiev; The Donizetti Festival in Bergamo: Fausta and The Diluge; Falstaff by Antonio Salieri in Parma; The Rossini Festival in Pesaro: Moses in Egypt; In Cagliari, La Forza del Destino, by Giuseppe Verdi; The Operetta Festival in Trieste: The Countess Maritza by Emmerich Kalman and The Little White Horse by Ralph Benachky, and in the same theater, she performed in Hari Janos, an opera by Zoltan Kodally, and Miss Juliette by Antonio Bibalo. At the Teatro Argentino in Rome and the Teatro Carcano in Milan, she appeared with Hosé Carreras in a fantasy based on Carmen; she appeared in two operas at the Massimo Bellini Theater in Catania: Il capello di paglia di Firenze and The Countess of Czardas; and, most notably, Verdi’s Rigoletto in Palermo.

Beyond the noble walls of Italian theaters, Ms. Jovanovic has an acclaimed international career: as Abigaille in Nabucco at the Georges Enesco Festival in Bucharest, Romania; in Hungary, she sang at the Gala Concert at The Budapest Opera; she occupied the role of Adalgisa in Norma in Sofia, Bulgaria; in France, she revived her roles in Rigoletto in Toulon, and Falstaff in Bordeaux; her voice carried through to the Czech Republic and Greece, among many other European nations. In Spain she appeared at the Teatro Liceo in Barceona in Adriana Lecouvreur with Mirella Freni and Placido Domingo, and Gaetano Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux, conducted by Richard Bonynge. In Lisbon she sang Elena in Mephistopheles by Arrigo Boito and Mass in C-minor by W.A. Mozart.

Across the Atlantic, Ms. Jovanovic’s voice has also carried through the Americas. She participated in the Monterey Gala Concert in California dedicated to Gioachino Rossini, and achieved outstanding success at the Palm Beach Opera in Florida where she interpreted the main roles in Cinderella, L' Italiana in Algeri, and Don Carlo. In Rio de Janeiro she debuted in Verdi's Requiem, and in Mexico City as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Halfway across the globe, she appeared as the protagonist in Carmen for two seasons at the Bunkha Theater in Tokyo, Japan.

Aside Placido Domingo, Mirella Freni, and José Carreras, she performed on stage with great names such as Eva Marton, Janice Baird, Elisabette Matos, Elena Suliotis, Luciana Serra, Daniela Dessi, José Cura, William Matteuzzi, Ignacio Encinas, Kaludi Kaludow, Robert Hale, Piero Cappuccilli, Alain Fondary, Renato Bruson, Eduard Tumagian, Bonaldo Giaiotti, Paata Burchuladze, and many others. Jadranka Jovanovic has also performed with renowned maestros Anton Guadagno, Riccardo Muti, Marc Soustrot, and Giuliano Carella.

Most recently, Ms. Jovanovic performed for the first time with Prague Symphonic Orchestra in Bedrich Smetana Hall, playing partner to tenor Peter Dvorsky and baritone Dalibor Jenis. She sang a role of Giovanna Seymour in Donizetti's Anna Bolena, in the 2002/3 seasons of the Belgrade Opera. This was followed by a guest performance of Belgrade Opera in Corfù, where she played the title role in Rossini's Cenerentola. Among her numerous recent performances on the stage of The Belgrade National Theatre, she sang the title role in Carmen celebrating the 20-year jubilee since the last Carmen premiere. Ms. Jovanovic surprised audiences in Belgrade with a multimedia diva spectacle at Centre Sava, the largest venue in Serbia, with an innovative performance of classic gypsy solos from the greatest opera composers entitled, Gypsies Romancero.

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Video 9/28/2011: Jadranka Jovanovic

The Belgrade-born opera singer is one of the most popular classic music artists in Serbia. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Serbia.

Jadranka Jovanovic