Jadranka Jovanović

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Jadranka Jovanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Јадранка Јовановић; Serbian pronunciation: [jǎdraŋka jɔʋǎːnɔʋitɕ]) is a primadonna of Opera in the National Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia. She was born in Belgrade (born 8 January 1958), and she is one of the most popular artists in the classic music in her country with a respected international career.[1] Since 2016, she has also been a member of the National Assembly of Serbia.


In her native-town she graduated-B.A. in theory of music and solo singing and M.A. in solo singing. She debuted as Rosina in Rossini's "Il Barbiere di Seviglia" at the National Theater in Belgrade, where she interpreted all main mezzo-soprano roles.

Her international career started at Teatro Alla Scala in Milan where she appeared in Carmen (Mercedes) and Andrea Chénier (Bersi), conducted by Claudio Abbado and Riccardo Chailly. At Scala she also appeared in the leading role in the world premiere staging of Orfeo by Luigi Rossi.

She mostly performed in Italian theatres, opera houses and festivals: Roma (Teatro Argentino) and Milano (Teatro Carcano), she appeared with José Carreras in fantasy based on Carmen;[2] Firenze (Teatro Comunale) The Gambler (Blanche) by Sergei Prokofiev, with Daniela Dessi, Dimiter Petkov and maestro Edoardo Mata. Parma (Teatro Reggio), Falstaff (mrs.Slender) by A.Salieri; The Donizetti Festival in BergamoIl Diluvio Universale (Ada), and Fausta (Irella); Palermo (Teatro Massimo) Rigoletto (Maddalena); Cagliari (Teatro Romano) La Forza del Destino (Preziosilla); Catania (Teatro Bellini) Il Capello di Paglia Firenza (La baronessa de Champigny) conducted by M.Arena and the Countess of Czardas (Silva);[3] Pesaro – The Rossini Festival: Mose in Egitto, conducted by D.Renzetti; Trieste (Teatro Verdi) The Countess Maritza by E.Kalman, The Little White horse by R.Benatchy, Hary Janos by Z.Kodally, Miss Juliette by A.Bibalo with Jose Cura…

She sang in various operas in other countries: Barcelona (Teatro Liceo) Adriana Lecouvreur (Principessa de Bouillon)[4] with Mirella Freni and Plácido Domingo, and Roberto Devereux (Sara) conducted by Richard Bonynge; Lissabon (Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos) she sang Elena in Mephistopheles by A.Boito conducted by Daniel Nazareth, and Mass in c-minor by Mozart in Gulbenkian Foundation with maestro Claudio Schimone; Rio de Janeiro (Teatro Municipal): Carmen (Carmen) with Plácido Domingo and Justino Dias; Requiem – G.Verdi, conducted by Anton Guadagno, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina) and Ariadne auf Naxos (Compositor) conducted by Eugene Kohn. São Paulo (Teatro Municipal) Carmen (Carmen) conducted by Isaac Karabtchevsky, Tokyo (Bunka Kaikan)- Carmen (Carmen);[5] Athens Festival (Irodion)- Carmen (Carmen) In National theatre in Dublin, she sang Eboli in Don Carlo, and in Mexico City (Teatro de la Ciudad) Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina). At the Palm Beach Opera (USA) she interpreted main roles in LA: Cenerentola and L`Italiana in Algeri, also Eboli in Don Carlo with maestro Anton Guadagno. Amneris in opera Aida she sang in Austria in the festival Gars am Kamp,[6] Opera Zagreb, and samer festival `Split-Peristil` in Croatia. At Georges Enescu Festival in Bucharest (Romania) she was Abigaille (Nabucco), as well as in Festival in Split, end Festival in Skopje (Macedonia). In Bulgaria National opera Sofia she sang Adalgisa (Norma), and in Toronto – Glenn Gould Hall, Recital.

Jadranka Jovanović sung leading role in the first performance of Carmen in the Middle -East, in Abu Dhabi. She also sang at The Royal Opera de Vallonie(Liege), L'Opera de Nice, L`Opera de Toulon, L`Opera de Bordeaux, Teatro Cervantes (Malaga), Teatro della Maestranza (Siviglia), Teatro Victoria Eugenia (San Sebastian), Teatro Vittorio Emanuele (Messina),[7] Bedzih Smetana Hall (Prag), Opera Budapest, Opera Odessa (Ukraina), Salzburg (Mozarteum), Dubrovnik Samer Festival, Opera Ljubljana i Opera Maribor (Slovenia), Thesaloniki, Brno, Beijing…

At Figeras (Spain) she participated first world performance fragment of the opera Être Dieu with libretto of Salvador Dalí.[8] She has performed two recitals at Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C)[9] as well as a performance at Carnegie Hall (New York).[10]

Political career[edit]

Jovanović received the twelfth position on the Serbian Progressive Party's Aleksandar Vučić – Serbia Is Winning electoral list in the 2016 Serbian parliamentary election.[11] She is not herself a member of the party but ran as an aligned independent.[12] The list won a landslide victory with 131 out of 250 parliamentary mandates, and Jovanović was sworn in as a legislator on June 3, 2016. She is currently a member of the parliamentary committee on the diaspora and Serbs in the region; a member of the culture and information committee; the head of Serbia's delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie (where Serbia has observer status); and a member of the parliamentary friendship groups with Algeria, Azerbaijan, Australia, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, and the United States of America.[13]


  1. ^ Jadranka Jovanović
  2. ^ Carmen with José Carreras
  3. ^ Teatro Bellini Catania Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  4. ^ Teatro Liceo Barcelona
  5. ^ Carmen - Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Theater Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  6. ^ Open Air Festival Aida YouTube, 12 August 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  7. ^ Mozzart Requiem - Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  8. ^ Etre Dieu Salvador Dali Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  9. ^ Kennedy Center Recital
  10. ^ Postponed: Jadranka Jovanovic, Mezzo-Soprano Nikola Rackov, Piano Carnegie Hall, Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  11. ^ Избори за народне посланике 2016. године » Изборне листе (АЛЕКСАНДАР ВУЧИЋ - СРБИЈА ПОБЕЂУЈЕ), Republika Srbija - Republička izborna komisija, accessed 17 February 2017.
  12. ^ JADRANKA JOVANOVIĆ, Otvoreni Parlament, accessed 11 August 2017.
  13. ^ JADRANKA MA JOVANOVIC, National Assembly of Serbia, accessed 11 August 2017.

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