Serbian mezzo-soprano Sanja Radišić was born to a prominent artistic family in Belgrade.While graduating as graphic designer, her dramatic vocal talent was suddenly discovered by world renowned mezzo-soprano Biserka Cvejić.
Ms. Radišić sonn after joined the Opera Studio at the National Theater Belgrade. Here she had her debut as the Badessa in Suor Angelica and Principessa in Adriana Lecouvreur as well as her first approach as Carmen among others. In the same years she had the opportunity to give concerts with the Belgrade National Theater Orchestra and the Belgrade Military Orchestra.
During her studies at MUHO in Mannheim she presented herself in numerous occasions as guest among them in Baden Baden, Führt with La palatina nova Orchestra and in the prestigious Musikfestival Heidelberg Frühling.
Ms.Radišić begun her career at the National Theater Belgrade, after winning several Internation prizes (one first, one third and one special prize) both in Italy and Romania she accepts her first contract in Germany at Theater Aachen. Here she had the opportunity to sing great leading roles for mezzosoprano drammatico.She has since then appeared also at Theater Bonn, Theater Heerlen (NL) and at the Musikfestival Düssledorf. As one of the youngest interpreters of Lady Macbeth, Ms. Radišićs highly acclaimed performance in Theater Aachen has quickly brought her a second production at the Theater Cottbus in 2018.Next fall Ms.Radišić will take part as special guest at the Concert Gala in Bucharest.
Her astonishing debut in Verdi Requiem at the Aachener Dom in 2016 brought her international attention and was consequently invited to sing it at the Teatro Politeama di Catanzaro as well as in Paris in May 2018 for a series of concerts at the Philharmonie de Paris, the Versailles– Chateau, Le Perreux-sur.Marne, St-Questin en Yvelines, Boulogne Billancourt, Abions-sur Seine under the baton of M° Enrique Mazzola.
Among her vast repertoire are roles such as: Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Eboli (Don Carlo), Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera), Venus (Tannhäuser), Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde), Carmen (Carmen), Jezi Baba (Rusalka), Varvara (Katja Kabanova), La zia Principessa, Frugola, Zita (Il Trittico), Der Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos), Adalgisa (Norma), Federica (Luisa Miller), Hexe (Hänsel und Gretel), La fille ainée (Au Monde), Sarah (Abraham), Hata (The Bartered Bride), Dritte Dame (Zauberflöte).
DurinDuring her studies at the Music Academy of Belgrade she received the prestigious “Danica Mastilovic” Prize for best student of the year. In 2007 she was granted the scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of Serbia.
She won the First prizes in all the main State Competitions in Serbia, which include the 2002 “Dr. Vojislav Vuckovic” competition (Belgrade), the 2004 and 2007 “nikola cvejic” competition (Belgrade), the 2005 “Republic” competition (Belgrade), the 2004 “Nikola Cvejic” competition (Belgrade), the 2006 “Obzorija na tisi” competition (Becej) and the 2007 “Lazar Jovanovic” competition (Belgrade).
At the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts instead she was the recipient of the Wilhelm Müller Foundation Scholarship.
In Italy she participated to the International Competition “Amici della Musica”, winning the third prize in 2010 and the special Prize awarded by Joan Sutherland in 2007. In 2010 she culminated her prizes by being awarded the Gold Medal first prize at the International opera competition “Hariclea Darclee” in Braila (Romania) with Nicolae Herlea as president of the jury.
Among numerous excellent reviews, these excerpts convey probably the most accurate descriptions of the voice of this artist:
“As genuine mezzo-soprano she belongs to the not few low registered sopranos usually preferred to interpret Lady Macbeth, prominent names of the past such as Martha Mödl or Astrid Varnay, as well as to the classified mezzos such as Christa Ludwig, Grace Bumbry and Shirley Verrett all with unquestionable effortless high notes. Not to mention the glorified Maria Callas. Sanja Radišić offers sovereign the dreaded high notes and in most cases avoided, the high D flat. In the cavatina “ Vieni t’affretta…” she places the large tone jumps with such vocal perfection, that no break between high and low notes is audible.
Every note she sings is intense with feelings, the high notes are brilliant and clear in fortissimo and her toying in the low register, with her dusky voice, always pays off.”
(Opera Point and Online Merker).
Sanja Radišić, a mezzo with impressively secure top notes (including a high D flat) made a sensuous and vibrant Lady Macbeth…” says Opera Magazin.
Sanja Radišić has had her debut in the role of Venus (Tannhäuser) R.Wagner, where she was as well acclaimed from the critics! Opernnetz describes her as a mezzo with an erotic and magical voice: “If the event in Wartburg would have been a female vocal competition, in Aachen one could easily assume that Venus sung by Sanja Radišić would be the favorite.”
Ms. Radisic has also been described by Opernglas as “absolutely authentic Carmen” and praised by Grenzecho Net for her “gripping depiction of all erotic Nuances, loose art of seduction and unrestrained thirst for freedom with a full-bodied opulent voice, elegant lightness and beautiful legato parts… perfectly casted for this successful production.” The Aachener Zeitung had this comparison: ” as Carmen, Sanja Radišić was impressive with her ravishing drama. Her “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” reminded of the great Maria Callas. Bravos from the public thanked her.”