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Serbian soprano Tamara Banješević is hailed by both European and American critics for her powerful stage presence and her beautiful lyric voice. Opera News proclaimed her as “a performer clearly poised for a major career”.
Recent highlights include Gluck’s Euridice at the Aalto-Theater in Essen, Woglinde in Das Rheingold/Götterdämmerung and Waldvogel in Siegfried, and the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte at the Opéra Bastille in Paris.
In the 2021/22 season, she made her important role debut as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Aalto Theater in Essen and sang Woglinde in the new production of Das Rheingold at the Staatsoper Stuttgart. She also returns to the Aalto Theater as Eva in Scarlatti’s Cain, overo il primo omicidio and to the Bastille in Paris as the Blumenmädchen/Erster Knappe (Parsifal) under the baton of Simone Young.
In September 2018 Tamara Banješević joined the opera company of the Aalto Theatre Essen, performing roles as Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Micaëla (Carmen), Ännchen (Der Freischütz) directed by Tatjana Gürbaca (available on CD by Oehms Classics), Eva (Cain, overo il primo umicidio), Euridice (Gluck-Orfeo), furthermore gave her Salzburger Festspiele debut as Fortuna (Damigella) in L’incoronazione di Poppea (available on CD by Harmonia Mundi) debut at the Carnegie Hall and received the 1st Prize at the Manhattan International Music Competition.
While still a student, she was frequently invited as guest to the Nationaltheater Mannheim, Baden-Baden Festival, she performed at the Heidelberger Frühling Festival, Musikfest Stuttgart and Beethovenfest Bonn with Bachakademie and the SWR Orchester Stuttgart Helmut Rilling. Upon receiving her diploma, she joined the ensemble of National Theater Mannheim, where she performed roles such as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Giulia (La Scala di seta), Amenaide (Tancredi), Ännchen, Woglinde, Adele (Die Fledermaus), Nannetta (Falstaff), Zaide (Zaide), Ninetta (The Love for Three Oranges), Valencienne (Die lustige Witwe), Valter (La Wally).
While in Mannheim, Tamara joined the Mozart Academy at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, returned to the Baden-Baden Festival for a production of Der Rosenkavalier with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and gave a song recital at the Heidelberger Frühling Festival. As a recitalist she was invited to perform in New York, Los Angeles, France, across Germany and Serbia.
The season 16/17 saw Tamara’s American debut at the Lincoln Center in New York with Maestro William Christie, debut at the Théâtre La Monnaie in Brussels, furthermore she was finalist at the 54th Tenor Viñas Contest in Barcelona.
Tamara has already worked with musicians such as Helmut Rilling, Dan Ettinger, Fabio Luisi, Philippe Jordan, Sir Simon Rattle, Joseph Colaneri, Cornelius Meister, Sébastien Rouland, Tomas Netopil, Friedrich Haider, Ruben Dubrovsky, Alain Altinoglu, William Christie among others.
A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Tamara Banješević graduated from the University of Music in Mannheim and received her Artist Diploma at the Juilliard School, studying with Edith Wiens. At only 22, Tamara gave her professional debut as Anna Reich in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor at Schloss Weikersheim.