Terezija Kusanovic a Croatian mezzo-soprano opera singer and recitalist, was born in Split, Croatia,  where she completed her formal music studies at the Arts Academy in Split.  She first graduated in music pedagogy, then she studied voice with Nelli Manuilenko, the Croatian highly acclaimed and awarded  prima donna and  professor of voice and Chair of  Vocal Studies Department at the Academy of Arts in Split.  She graduated in Opera and Recital singing and in Vocal Pedagogy (2006).  Later Terezija Kusanovic, 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 Cvejic, Dunja Vejzovic, Olivera Miljakovic, Cynthia Munzer, Gary Glaze, Vladimir Venejev, Eva Blahova, Gerhard Zeller, John Blakely and Fiorenza Cedolins.


Her first operatic roles took place in the Arts Academy’s operatic productions (as Orpheus in Orpheus and Euridice, Dido in Aeneas and Dido, Cherubino in La Nozze di Figaro…) and at the Croatian National Theatre in Split (as Larina in Eugene Onegin, Siebel in Faust,  Ines in Il Trovatore, Melka in Adel and Mara).

She began her professional operatic career performing the leading female character in the new opera Judita  by Croatian composer Frano Parac  at The Croatian National Theatre “Ivan pl. Zajc” in Rijeka (2006) and reprised her  Judita in the premiere  at The Croatian National Theatre in Split (2009).

She is permanently engaged by The Croatian National Theatre in Split  where she has performed a great number of mezzosoprano roles such as Carmen in Carmen (2015), Delilah in Samson and Delilah (2015), Zita in Gianni Schicchi (2011), Preziosilla in La forza del destino (2017),  Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Doma in Ero the Joker, Ludmila in The Bartered Bride, Melka in Adel and Mara, Ewa in Nikola Subic Zrinjski, Lola/Santuzza  in Cavalleria rusticana, Marta/Pantalis in Mefistofele, Suzuki in  Madame Butterfly (2015). In 2018./2019. season she debuted in the Croatian National Theatre in Split as Azucena in Verdis Il Trovatore.

She has performed at Split Open Air Summer Festival  as Fenena in Nabucco, Cieca in La Gioconda, Mary in The Flying Dutchman,  Doma in Ero the Joker, Delilah in Samson and Delilah and Maddalena in Rigoletto.

Terezija Kusanovic was  a guest singer  at the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb as Meg Page in Falstaff,  Jele in Ekvinocij, Ljubov in  Mazepa,  Azucena in Il Trovatore at The Croatian National Theatre “Ivan pl. Zajc” in Rijeka as Judita in Judita, at Teatro “Carlo Felice” as Zita in Gianni Schicchi,  at Open Air Festival Diano Marina, Italy, as Azucena in  Il trovatore, (2014)  at 7th Korea Opera Festival in Seoul Arts Center, South Korea,  as Carmen in Carmen (2016);  at SVEM festival Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in the production of Rossinis Stabat Mater with Sarajevo symphony orchestra,  at Banska Bistrica, Slowakia in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony  conducted by  mo. Gianluca Martinenghi (2016), at Bosendorfer Saal Vienna, Austria with a concert repertoire. She was also a guest singer at a livestream concert production of Richard Strauss’ Elektra by Dramatic Voices Program Berlin as Klytaemnestra.


Kusanovic has collaborated with esteemed conductors such as Niksa Bareza, Ivo Lipanovic, Nada Matosevic, Ivan Repusic, Mikhail Sinkeevic, Gianluca Martinenghi, Valerio Galli, Marco Baldieri, Marco Boemi  and with distinguished directors such as Petar Selem, Kreso Dolencic, Dora Ruzdjak Podolski, Ozren Prohic, Ivo Guerra, Michael Znaniecki, Francesco Belotto, Fabio Sparvoli, Georgij Paro and Robert Bošković.

Her operatic roles inlude Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen, Delilah in Saint-Saens’s Samson and  Delilah, Preziosilla in Verdi’s  Forza del destino, Azucena in Verdi’s Il trovatore, Fenena in Verdi’s  Nabucco, Maddalena in Verdis Rigoletto, Principessa  Buillon in Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, Ulrica in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, Amneris in Verdi’s Aida,  Suzuki in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly,  Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi,  Lola/Santuzza in Mascagni’s  Cavalleria rusticana, Klytaemnestra in Strauss’ Elektra, Marta/Pantalis in Boito’s Mefistofele,  Mary  in Wagner’s The flying Dutchman, Ljubov in Tchaikowsky’s Mazepa, Adalgisa in Bellini’s Norma, Rosina in  Rossini’s  Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Cieca/Laura in Ponchielli’s  La Gioconda,  Lukrecia in Britten’s The rape of  Lucretia, Eboli in  Verdi’s  Don Carlo, Doma in Gotovac’s Ero the Joker, Ewa in Zajc’s Nikola Subic Zrinski,  Melka in Hatze’s Adel and Mara,  Orlofsky in  Strauss’s The Bat  (Die Fledermaus), Jele in Brkanović’ Ekvinocij, Dido in Henry Purcells Aeneas and Dido, Orpheus in Christoph Willibald Glucks Orpheus and Euridice.


In addition to her work as an opera singer, Terezija Kusanovic is dedicated to song and concert singing. She is extremely successful in this field. Her repertoire includes songs by Rahmaninov, Hatze, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Pejacevic, Schumann, Schubert, Bizet, Gounod, Musorgsky, Verstovski, Arensky, Caccini  and others,  as well as  oratorios  by  G. Verdi , W. A. Mozart , G. Rossini , G. B. Pergolesi,  and  Beethoven’s IX Symphony.

Her oratorio/symphony repertoire include Verdi’s, Mozart’s and Saint-Seans’ Requiem, Mozarts Coronation Mass, the premiere of fra Bernardin Sokols Messa jubilaris, G. Rossinis and Pergolesis Stabat Mater, L. van Beethovens IX. Symphony. In 2019, she performed a solo recital “Vocal lyrics by German composers from the Romantic period” with piano accompaniment by Vesna Podrug Kossjanenko. In 2020, she performed a solo recital “Serenade” as part of the “Split Summer” with piano accompaniment by Vesna Podrug Kossjanenko. In 2021, she reprised the recital as part of the “Omiš Cultural Summer”. Very often she performs as part of humanitarian concerts organized by “Lions”, “Rotary Club”, 4th Guards Brigade, “Juraj Bonači”… In 2020 she recorded a song with Zorica Kondža and Doris Dragović “Merry Christmas, my people” for children’s home “Maestral”.

In 2020, she founded the “Mediterraneo Project”: a vocal-instrumental story in the rhythm of ecstasy and passion. The aim of the project was to make music and find new arrangements for some timeless melodies and popular titles of the Mediterranean music circle. Apart from Terezija, the composition of “Mediterraneo Project” consists of: Zoran Velić (piano), Ana Bubalo (violin) and Jure Šaban-Stanić (clarinet). She has had a number of performances with Mediterraneo Project, which include Trpanj, Omiš, Solin, Kaštela… and the recording of sound carriers is in preparation.

Terezija Kusanovic reached the Finals and the Gala concert of the International Belcanto competition in Rijeka, Croatia. She was awarded  the second prize at prof. Dichlers-Wettbewerb in Vienna, Austria, Premio Speciale „Voce Verdiana“ in Albenga Master TRAMA-Italy and  Ante Marusic prize by the Croatian National Theatre in Split in the category Outstanding opera achievement during two seasons  (Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen and Delilah in Saint-Saens’s opera Samson and Delilah).

Terezija Kusanovic’s  CD recordings include arias, songs cycles and songs by the most famous world 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, The flying Dutchmann, Traviata.

Terezija Kusanović deals also with vocal pedagogy teaching voice as a host docent at Arts Academy in Split, Croatia. Her students are prize winners at various international vocal competitions in Croatia and abroad.

Biography on German language

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