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Swedish mezzo-soprano Katija Dragojevic was educated at the Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm and at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. The beauty, warmth and agility of her voice as well as her exquisite musicality has taken her to many of the world´s leading opera houses such as Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Salzburger Festspiele, Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, Le Grand Théâtre de Genève, Théâtre de la Monnaie, Opéra National de Paris, La Bastille, Theater an der Wien, Festival d´Aix en Provence as well as The Royal Opera Stockholm, Norwegian National Opera, Gothenburg Opera and Drottningholm Court Theatre.
She is also a much sought after concert soloist and has performed with orchestras such as Orchestre de Paris, Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Munich Philharmonic, Symphonieorchesterdes Bayerischen Rundfunks, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, L’ Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Lisbon and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. She has sung with conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Thomas Hengelbrock, Daniel Barenboim Michael Tilson Thomas, William Christie, Sakari Oramo, Marc Soustrot, Manfred Honeck. Louis Langrée, Ivor Bolton, Leif Segerstam, Maurizio Benini, Christophe Rousset, Andris Nelsons, Daniel Harding and Harry Bicket.
Most recently, she celebrated an overwhelming success in a cross-genre revue production (Djur som hatar människor – Animals Who Hate Humans) at the Stadsteater Uppsala, where she convinced with her stylistic versatility and captivating stage presence. Numerous concert appearances with the Copenhagen Phil, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra followed. In the summer of 2021 Katija recorded a Mozart Programme for Swedish Television at Drottningholm Court Theatre with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, performing arias of Idamante and Cherubino. 2021 also included a recital of Alma Mahler songs at Stockolm Concert House as well as her debut with the MDR Orchestra. In the season 2019/ 2020 Katija sang Zerlina (Don Giovanni) at Norrlandsoperan, Sweden and made her debut with Münchner Philharmoniker as well as Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in Haydn´s Nelson Messe with conductors Omer Meir-Wellber and Kent Nagano respectively. 2017/ 2018 Katija sang the title role in Offenbach´s Fantasio at Le Grand Théâtre de Genève to great acclaim, Dorabella (Così fan tutte) at Semperoper Dresden, the title role in Carmen at Helsinki National Opera as well as La belle Dulcinée in Massenet´s Don Quichotte at Folkoperan, Stockholm. The season 2015/ 2016 she sang the title role in Handel´s Serse as well as the title role in Carmen at Stockholm Royal Opera. Other recent roles have been Idamante (Idomeneo) at Drottningholm Court Theatre, Dorabella at Teatro alla Scala with maestro Daniel Barenboim and at Theater an der Wien with maestro Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Katija´s operatic roles also include: Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Sesto and Annio (La clemenza di Tito), Siébel in Gounod´s Faust, La Musica and La Messaggiera in Monteverdi´s Orfeo, Melanto in Monteverdi´s Il ritorno d´Ulisse, Varvara in Janáček´s Katia Kabanova, Krista in Janáček´s Makropulos’ case, Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), the title role in La Cenerentola, Lychas in Handel´s Hercules, Ein Page (Salome), Meg Page (Falstaff), Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Il Prologo and Venere in Peri´s Euridice and Lucretia in Britten´s The Rape of Lucretia.
Her concert repertoire includes: Berlioz: Les nuits d´été, Alma Mahler Selected Lieder, Gustav Mahler: Lieder from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Das Lied von der Erde, Lili Boulanger: Psaume 130, J.S. Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium, Matthäus-Passion, Johannes-Passion, Magnificat, b-minor Mass, Mozart: Great Mass in c minor, Requiem; Haydn: Stabat mater, Nelson Mass, Rossini: Petite Messe solennelle, Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Symphony No 9, Schumann: Faust-Szenen and Handel Messiah.
Katija recorded Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ticciati) for Lynn Records and Haydn’s Missa Sancti Hieronymi and Temete Dominum for BIS (Gary Graden) as well as Così fan tutte (TAW, Harnoncourt) and Don Giovanni (Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, Hengelbrock) on DVD. She also featured as Zerlina in the film Juan (Mozart´s Don Giovanni) directed by Kasper Holten. She has also performed many world premieres, composed especially for her voice, such as Sven-David Sandströms opera Föreställningen 2016 (Royal Opera Stockholm) and Requiem 2011 (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra) and Marie Samuelsson´s Afrodite 2016 (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/ Blendulf) just released on CD for Daphne/ Naxos.
March 2023 – For a most recent version of the biography, please contact Bartosz Jakobczak