David Bižić

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David Bizic.

David Bižić (Serbian Cyrillic: Давид Бижић ) (born 25 November 1975) is an operatic baritone. He was born in Belgrade, Serbia.

Career[edit]

He studied singing with Bibiana Goldenthal at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and received scholarships from the International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI)[1] and the America Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF). He has participated in numerous master classes and concerts in France, Israel, New York and Japan working with José van Dam, Teresa Berganza and Gabriel Bacquier among others.

In The Israeli Opera he sang the role of Jake Wallace (La fanciulla del West / Puccini), the King (Aida / Verdi) and the High Priest (Nabucco / Verdi). With IVAI he sang The Father (Hänsel und Gretel / Humperdinck), Masetto (Don Giovanni / Mozart), Sancho (Don Quichotte / Massenet), Hali (L'italiana in Algeri / Rossini) and Belcore (L'elisir d'amore / Donizetti).

In 2003, David Bizic became a member of the Opera Studio of Paris National Opera and took part in many productions of the Opéra Bastille and the Opera Garnier: Anführer der Prevote (Cardillac / Hindemith), Steuermann (Tristan und Isolde / Wagner), Metivier (War and Peace / Prokofiev), Berger (Pelléas et Mélisande / Debussy), Vecchio Zingaro (Il trovatore / Verdi), Frere Ruffin (St. François d'Assise / Messiaen), Chekunov (From the House of the Dead / Janáček), which he repeated in Teatro Real in Madrid.

In 2006, Masetto (Don Giovanni / Mozart) in Opera Garnier. Belcore (L'elisir d'amore / Donizetti) in Belgrade National Opera, Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro / Mozart ) in Opera Angers and Nantes], Manuel (La vida breve / De Falla) with Orchestre de Paris in Theatre Mogador in Paris, Creon (Oedipus rex / Stravinsky) and Chamberlain (Le Rossignol / Stravinsky) in Strasbourg Opéra national du Rhin.

In 2007 he made debut in Toulouse at the Théâtre du Capitole with Leporello (Don Giovanni / Mozart).

In 2008, High Priest of Dagon[2] (Samson et Dalila / Saint-Saëns) in Royal Swedish Opera and Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro / Mozart) in Strasbourg Opéra national du Rhin

In 2009, Leporello (Don Giovanni / Mozart) in Opera Rennes, Publio (La clemenza di Tito / Mozart) in Avignon, and Schaunard (La bohème) and Mathieu (Andrea Chénier) in Opéra Bastille

In 2010, Figaro in Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Masetto (Don Giovanni / Mozart) in Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Leporello (Don Giovanni / Mozart) in Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Escamillo (Carmen / Bizet) in National Theatre in Belgrade

In 2011, Leporello in Deutsche Oper Berlin, Escamillo[3] (Carmen / Bizet) in Royal Swedish Opera

In 2012, Leporello in Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Leporello[4] in Opéra Bastille, Figaro[5] in Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, Leporello[6][7][8][9][10][11] in LA Opera and Schaunard[12][13][14][15][16][17][18] (La bohème) in Covent Garden, Royal Opera House

In 2013 Don Giovanni in Maribor, Leporello in Montpellier, Figaro in Grand Théâtre de Genève, Guglielmo, Cosi fan Tutte in Opéra Garnier

In 2014 Bizic made debut as Leporello in Wiener Staatsoper and debut in Massenet's Werther in Metropolitan Opera as Albert.

His future engagements include Conte Nozze di Figaro in St. Etienne and Marcello La Boheme in Bordeaux and Metropolitan Opera

Awards[edit]

in 2005 won the Prix Lyriques AROP

in 2007 won the 2nd prize in Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition

Sources[edit]

Recordings[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Maxim Reider (7 August 2011). "A workshop in progress". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 19 December 2012. ""Many Israeli singers who started at the workshop, such as Hadar Halevi, Sharon Rostorf and David Bizic and conductor Dan Ettinger now have successful international careers.”" 
  2. ^ Göran Forsling (13 September 2009). "Saint-Saëns, Samson et Dalila at the Royal Stockholm Opera:". "The most sensational member of the cast however was Belgrade born but today resident in Israel David Bizic as the High Priest of Dagon. Here was a fairly young bass-baritone with a superb voice, voluminous, wide-ranging and fully equalized from bottom to top. The role is somewhat one-dimensional but he managed to invest it with a great deal of subtlety as well. He seems to be cut out for great things." 
  3. ^ Göran Forsling (12 October 2011). "Sliced but Sizzling Carmen in Stockholm". "David Bizic ... was possibly the best Escamillo I have ever seen..." 
  4. ^ Opera Cake (15 March 2012). "Don Giovanni in Paris: Peter Mattei, Bernard Richter, Philippe Jordan... and übertalented Michael Haneke". "David Bizic started off on a lighter note but his Leporello soon raised and match the vocal power of Don Giovanni. In the second act he was absolutely brilliant too!" 
  5. ^ José Mª Irurzun (1 July 2012). "Crates and Brides: Le Nozze di Laffargue". "Figaro was played by young bass-baritone David Bizic, who showed a remarkable voice, attractive and well suited for the demands of the character." 
  6. ^ Richard S. Ginell (24 September 2012). "Review: L.A. Opera's 'Don Giovanni' upholds tradition expertly". Los Angeles Times. "Serbian bass David Bizic made an impressive U.S. debut as an ingratiatingly comic Leporello, masterfully pointing out the words in a perfectly paced Catalog Aria." 
  7. ^ David Gregson (30 September 2012). "Los Angeles Opera presents a well-sung, intelligently staged ‘Don Giovanni’". Retrieved 9 December 2012. "The world abounds in wonderful Leporellos, but I would count Serbian bass-baritone David Bizic among the best. He brought a special lightness of touch to the part, and his body movements had a unique dance-like quality with which he seemed to be having a great deal of fun. He must make an interesting and original Don Giovanni, a role he will most certainly be singing soon if he hasn’t already." 
  8. ^ Estelle Gilson (9 October 2012). "Don Giovanni, LA Opera". "Bass-baritone, David Bizic, making his American and Los Angeles debuts as Leporello, was a perfect partner. The two have played these roles opposite each other and it shows." 
  9. ^ "Ildebrando D’Arcangelo’s Roguish Libertine, James Conlon’s Impressive Conducting, in Insightful "Don Giovanni" – Los Angeles Opera, 22 September 2012". 23 September 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2012. "In an evening of strong characterizations, Bizic’s Leporello in many ways seemed the most grounded there... Tall, possessing sturdy vocal skills and comic timing, Bizic will surely continue to interest opera managements casting this frequently performed opera." 
  10. ^ Ed Rampell (11 October 2012). "Don Giovanni Opera Review: Wolfgang’s "p***y* riot". Retrieved 9 December 2012. "The Don’s not so faithful servant Leporello is performed with great comic panache by Belgrade bass David Bizic who steals scenes like a clownish kleptomaniac in an auspicious American debut[...]Bizic’s comical Leporello — reduced to the social status of a leper by the madcap lechery of his out of control patron, who blithely, chronically places his long suffering servant in mortal danger — puts the buffoon into opera buffa." 
  11. ^ Juliet Schoen (11 October 2012). "Opera Review: "Don Giovanni" tackles labors of love". The Malibu Times. Retrieved 9 December 2012. "A most important role is played by the don’s servant, Leporello, famous for his “catalog” aria in which he recites the numbers of his master’s conquests. David Bizic is terrific in the role, making the most of the humorous aspects, but with an undercurrent of sadness at his lowly station." 
  12. ^ Andrew Clark (18 December 2012). "La bohème, Royal Opera House, London". Financial Times. Retrieved 18 December 2012. "Audun Iversen’s Marcello and David Bizic’s Schaunard make life-size bohemians" 
  13. ^ Erica Jeal (18 December 2012). "La Bohème – review". Guardian. Retrieved 18 December 2102. "David Bižić and Nahuel di Pierro are memorably good in support as Schaunard and Colline" 
  14. ^ George Hall (18 December 2012). "La Boheme". TheStage.co.uk. Retrieved 18 December 2012. "Serbian bass-baritone David Bizic enters fully into the spirit of the production as Schaunard" 
  15. ^ David Nice (18 December 2012). "La Bohème, Royal Opera House". TheArtDesk.com. Retrieved 18 December 2012. "there was distinction in David Bižić’s virile musician Schaunard" 
  16. ^ Sam Smith (19 December 2012). "La bohème". musicOMH.com. Retrieved 19 December 2012. "David Bižić is a suitably wry Schaunard. As Colline, Nahuel Di Pierro's performance of 'Vecchia zimarra' is aided by a pleasing grain to the voice, meaning that both he and Bižić make commendable Royal Opera debuts." 
  17. ^ William Hartston (28 December 2012). "OPERA REVIEW: LA BOHEME, ROYAL OPERA HOUSE". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 28 December 2012. "Aided by a superb trio of room-mates played by Audun Iversen (Marcello), Nahuel di Pierro (Colline) and David Bizic (Schaunard), they all combine rich and powerful voices with excellent acting ability which follows Villazon's lead in injecting extra humour and vitality to the production." 
  18. ^ Jim Pritchard (17 January 2013). "High Jinks from Companiable La bohème Cast". seen and heard international. Retrieved 23 January 2013. "The most relaxed performer was David Bižić as Schaunard and was someone I would not mind seeing again."