Open-air Spectacle – CARMINA BURANA at Republic Square in Belgrade with 400 Participants!

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A unique open-air musical spectacle, ‘Carmina Burana’ by Carl Orff, will be held at the Republic Square in Belgrade on May 28th at 8 p.m. The Belgrade Festivals Centre (CEBEF) in cooperation with the Serbian National Theatre and the ‘Stanislav Binički’ Art Ensemble organizes the performance of Orff's impressive work with 400 performers on stage: two symphony orchestras, two choirs and a children's choir. The conductor will be maestro Aleksandar Kojić, and the soloists are: soprano Marija Jelić, tenor Aleksandar Tolimir and baritone Vasa Stajkić. Admission is free. The concert is part of CEBEF's ‘Classical Sessions' programme. 


This powerful work of 20th-century music was written for a trio of vocal soloists (soprano, tenor and baritone), a large mixed choir and a symphony orchestra, richly amplified by percussion. The musical spectacle is one of the rare occasions in Belgrade when there will be such a large number of performers on the open-air stage within one programme.


In addition to the standard operatic repertoire, maestro Aleksandar Kojić has also proven himself a successful conductor in the field of contemporary opera. His performance of the opera ‘Mileva’, by contemporary composer Aleksandra Vrebalov, won the Annual Prize of the Serbian National Theatre for the best opera performance in 2012. French television channel ARTE recorded the performance and broadcast it for six months, which included ‘Mileva’ in the top 15 international productions recorded by this television network during 2012. In the past few years, Kojić has given guest performances at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, the Ivan pl. Zajc Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka, the Szeged National Theatre (Hungary) and the State Opera and Ballet Theatre in Krasnoyarsk (Russia). In September 2017, he attended the Italian opera master class in Ravenna (Italy), led by Riccardo Muti.


Marija Jelić, soprano, held a solo concert at Carnegie Hall in March 2021. The same year she performed at the concert of Placido Domingo at Tašmajdan, and sang alongside Elīna Garanča at the Ljubljana Festival in a concert performance of the opera ‘Carmen’. She has given ten concerts with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and maestro Darrell Ang (Mariinsky Theatre) at the National Library in Beijing, as well as the Dongying Grand Theatre and the Linyi Snow Lotus Theatre in China. She performed Micaela at the Croatian National Theatre in Osijek and the National Theatre in Belgrade. She sang Elizabeth in the opera ‘Don Carlos’ in Plovdiv and performed at the Gala Opera Concert of the 60th Ohrid Summer Festival. Marija Jelić portrays the roles of Mimi and Aida at the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad.


Vasa Stajkić was born in Novi Sad, where he completed his primary and secondary music education. He studied at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and the Faculty of Music in Belgrade with professor Violeta Pančetović Radaković. Already in the first few months of studying, he won the first prize at the competition of music schools in Negotin (1997) and since then he has received many accolades and awards at competitions. He became a member of the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad in 2000, after which he played more than 30 roles in over 400 plays at the Serbian National Theatre. He has performed throughout Europe and collaborated with conductors such as Fabio Luisi, Sesto Quatrini, Mladen Jagušt, Imre Toplak, Miodrag Janoski, Zoran Juranić, Bojan Suđić, Željka Milanović, Aleksandar Anisimov, Ion Iancu, Giampaolo Maria Bisanti, Marco Parisotto and others. Among the more important roles he played were Valentin (‘Faust’) in Ostrava, Silvio (‘Pagliacci’) at the Opera and Theatre Madlenianum in Belgrade, Tybalt (‘Romeo and Juliet’). In addition to the opera repertoire, Stajkić also performs in musicals and operettas: the role of Phantom at the Terazije Theatre in the ‘Phantom of the Opera’ original production, the role of Count Danilo Danilović in the operetta ‘The Merry Widow’.     


Stevan Karanac, tenor, received his musical education at the ‘Dr Miloje Milojević’ Music School in Kragujevac under Lidija Jevremović Sofija. He went on to study solo singing at the Belgrade Faculty of Music, where he completed both his bachelor's and master’s degree with professor Nikola Mijailović. He studied at the Opera Studio of the National Theatre in Belgrade, as well as at numerous master classes of world-renowned artists – singers, directors and conductors. Currently, he is a doctoral student at the Department of Solo Singing at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. Karanac has a rich concert activity in Serbia and abroad, and has performed with important conductors and ensembles. In addition to the chamber repertoire for piano and voice, he also performs concert repertoire – cantatas, masses and oratorios. However, he dedicated his career to the opera repertoire, performing over thirty solo roles in Serbia and Europe. He has played the lead roles in operas such as ‘Bastien und Bastienne’, ‘The Magic Flute’, ‘Don Giovanni’, ‘Così fan tutte’, ‘Don Pasquale, ‘The Elixir of Love’, ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’, ‘The Barber of Seville’, ‘Eugene Onegin’, ‘Gianni Schicchi’, ‘La Bohème’, ‘La Traviata’, ‘Rigoletto’, ‘Aida’, ‘Carmen’.



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