Serbian soprano Tamara Banjesevic, hailed by both European and American critics for her powerful stage presence and a wonderfully textured singing. Opera News proclaimed her as “a performer clearly poised for a major career”
Highlights of the 2017-18 season include company and role debuts as the 1st Flower Maiden in the second group in Parsifal at the Opera Bastille in Paris, Fortuna/Damigella in Poppea at the Salzburger Festspiele and a debut at the Carnegie Hall.
Most recent highlights include 1st Prize at the Manhattan International Music Competition, the Richard Kandel Memorial Award at Opera Index competition, Amore in Monteverdi’s Il Ballo delle Ingrate at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre in New York and Sandrina in la Finta Giardiniera with Metropolitan Opera’s Joseph Colaneri.
The season 16/17 saw her professional American debut in Lincoln Center at the Alice Tully Hall, debut at the Theater of La Monnaie in Brussels and as a finalist at the 54th Tenor Viñas Contest in Barcelona.
In 2013 Ms Banjesevic gave her debut at the Baden-Baden Festival and the following year at the Aix en Provence Festival in France. In 2015 she returned to the Baden-Baden Festival for the production of "Der Rosenkavalier", with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and gave a song recital at the Heidelberger Frühling Festival.
At only 22, she gave her professional operatic debut as Anna Reich in "Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor" at Schloss Weikersheim.
In 2012 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 Der Freischütz, Woglinde Das Rheingold, Adele Der Fledermaus, Nannetta Falstaff, Valter La Wally, Zaide Zaide, Ninetta The Love for Three Oranges.
Ms. Banjesevic fosters a love for historical performance, having performed under the batons of renowned early music conductors William Christie and Helmut Rilling. She debuted at the Musikfest Stuttgart and Beethovenfest Bonn in a tour with Bachakademie and the SWR Orchester Stuttgart under Helmut Rilling. An avid recitalist, Ms. Banjesevic has performed recitals in New York, Los Angeles, France and Germany. The latter was broadcast on Bavarian Radio.
A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Tamara Banjesevic graduated from the University of Music in Mannheim and received her Artist Diploma at the Juilliard School, studying with Edith Wiens.
She is a proud recipient of numerous grants; Rotary Club, DAAD, Lions Club and Heidelberger Frühling Academy grant.