croatian mezzo-soprano, completed her formal music studies at the Academy of Arts in Split.  She began her studies with Miljenko Grgić and graduated in music pedagogy.  Then she studied voice with Nelli Manuilenko, professor of voice and Chair of  Vocal Studies Department at the Academy of Arts in Split, and graduated in Opera and Recital singing and Voice Pedagogy. Later Terezija Kusanović, mentored by Nelli Manuilenko, graduated and earned her MA (Master of Arts ) in vocal performance at Academy of Music in Zagreb subsequently attending master-classes by Marvin Keenze, Biserka Cvejić, Dunja Vejzović, Olivera Miljaković, Cynthia Munzer, Gary Glaze, Vladimir Venejev, Eva Blahova, Gerhard Zeller, John Blakely and  Fiorenza Cedolins.


During her studies Terezija Kusanović performed regularly in the Academy’s concert venues and operatic productions (Orpheus in Orpheus and Euridice,Dido in Aeneas and Dido, Cherubino in La Nozze di Figaro) and also sang smaller roles at the Croatian National Theatre in Split . Her professional career began with her operatic debut in 2006 in a role of Larina in Eugene Onegin and soon afterward in a leading dramatic soprano role as Judita in Judita by Franjo Parać at the Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka with Nada Matošević conducting .

She went on to sing at the Croatian National Theatre in Split and she sang in a great number of performances including Fenena in Nabucco, Ines in Il Trovatore, Cieca in La Gioconda- all premiered at the Split Summer Festival in open; Siebel in Faust, Larina in Eugene Onegin, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Doma in Ero the Joker, Ludmila in The Bartered Bride, Melka in Adel and Mara, Eva in Nikola Šubić Zrinjski, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus – all premiered at the Opera of Split.

Terezija Kusanović studied the role of Ljubov in Tschaikowsky’s Mazepa, Adalgisa in Bellini’s Norma and Azucena in Verdi’s Il Trovatore with Mikhail Sinkeevic employed with the Opera House of St.Petersburg ; Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with Valerio Galli at Teatro Carlo Felice; Rosina in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Laura in Ponchielli’s La Gioconda, Orlofsky in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen, Amneris in Verdi’s Aida, Lukretia in Britten’s The rape of Lucretia (co – production with Opera of Madrid) with the notable classical conductors and vocal coaches in Croatia and Italy.

In October 2011 Terezija Kusanović auditioned for Teatro Carlo Felice and soon afterward she sang Zita in Gianni Schicchi premiered in November 2011 and received a contract for the performances of Schicchi in January and February 2012. Her other operatic performances past and present include Cavalleria rusticana, Traviata, Die Fledermaus, Rape of Lucretia, N.Š.Zrinjski, Adel i Mara ( The Croatian National Theatre in Split), Nabucco The Flying Dutchman,La Gioconda (The Split Summer Festival in open), Falstaff (The Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb).

In the season 2012/2013 she sang in a great number of performances: as Fenena in Nabucco (director Ivo Guerra; conductor Nikša Bareza), as alt in the Mozart’s Requiem, as Pergolese’s Stabat Mater and in Beethoven’s  IX. simphony. During the Split Summer Festival Theresa played the role of Mary in Wagner’s the Flying Dutchman, the role Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff (HNK Zagreb), the role of Flora Bervoix in Verdi’s opera Traviata (HNK Split – October 25th, 2013).

In the season 2013/2014 Theresa performed as Marta/Pantalis in Boito’s Mefistofele, and in the role of Doma in most famous croatian composer Jakov Gotovac’s opera “Ero the Joker“. She also performed as Azucena in Verdi’s Il trovatore July 24th in Parco di Villa Scarsella – Diano Marina, Italy. In 2014. she also studied for the role of Amneris in Verdi’s Aida with mo. Nikša Bareza.

Terezija Kusanović is also a versatile concert performer singing in recitals (Rahmaninov, Hatze, Verdi, Tschaikowsky, Pejačević, Schumann, chubert, Bizet, Gounod, Musorgski, Verstovski, Arenski,etc.), in concerts ( in the Gala concert with Inva Mula (2006), in the Gala concert with the Metropolitan Opera solist Leo Nucci (2006), in the Gala concert dedicated to G.Verdi ( 2012), and in oratorios as a soloist in Requiem (G.Verdi, W.A.Mozart), Stabat Mater (G.Rossini, Pergolesi), Kroningmesse (W.A. Mozart), IX simphony (L.van Beethoven). Terezija Kusanović’s awards include Premio Speciale „Voce Verdiana“ in Albenga Master TRAMA (2013); the second prize from the Wiener Musik Seminar – Universiatet fuer Musik und darstellende Kunst, Vienna where she sang in the concert of winners performing Leonora’s aria „Oh, mio Fernando“ and Cherubino’s aria „Voi che sapete“ ( 2009). She reached the Finals and the Gala concert of the International Belcanto competition in Rijeka singing Azucena’s aria „Condotta ell’era in ceppi“ (2006). Terezija Kusanovic’s CD recordings include arias, songs cycles and the famous songs by the most famous composers of the 19th and 20th century. Her operatic live video performances include La Gioconda, Faust, Adel and Mara, N.S.Zrinjski, Die Fledermaus, The Bartered Bride, Gianni Schicchi,  Judita, Nabucco,  Il Trovatore, Cavalleria rusticana, Flaying Dutchmann, Traviata.

In the season 2014/2015 Theresa performed at two premieres: as Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen and as Suzuki in Puccini’s Madam Buterfly. Both performances can be seen in Croatian National Theatre in Split. She also performed as Doma in most famous croatian composer Jakov Gotovac’s opera “Ero the Joker“, as Azucena in Verdi’s Il trovatore, as Marta/Pantalis in Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele, as Delilah in Camille Saint-Saëns Samson & Delilah,  

In the season 2015/2016 Theresa performed as Suzuki in Puccini’s Madam Buterfly, as Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen in Seoul Arts Center at the seventh Korean Opera Festival, as Doma in Jakov Gotovac’s opera “Ero the Joker“.