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Tamara Banješević

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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”.


In the current 2023/24 season, Tamara Banješević can be heard at Oper Köln as Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) and as Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea). She will also make her debut at the Opéra de Lyon in Calixto Bieito’s production of Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s Elijah and as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) in a new production at the Opéra de Lausanne.


Last season she celebrated as great success as Dalinda in Robert Carsen’s new production of Handel’s Ariodante at the Opéra national de Paris, as well as Fiordiligi at the Theater Kiel, Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) at the Staatsoper Stuttgart and sang concerts with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire in Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem.


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, Pamina, 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.

2023/24 season – For the most recent biography, please contact Iris Jedamski