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Tamara Banjesevic

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A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Tamara Banješević graduated from the University of Music in Mannheim and received her Artist Diploma at the Juilliard School, studying with Edith Wiens. In September 2018 Tamara Banješević joined the opera company of the Aalto Theatre Essen, performing there roles as Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Pamina (Zauberflöte), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Micaëla (Carmen), Ännchen (Freischütz). Recent highlights include debuts at the Paris Bastille as Flower Maiden (Parsifal), as Fortuna (Damigella) in Poppea at the Salzburger Festspiele and a debut at the Carnegie Hall, the 1st Prize at the Manhattan International Music Competition, the Richard Kandel Memorial Award at Opera Index competition, Amore in Monteverdi’s Il ballo delle ingrate at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre in New York and Sandrina in la finta giardiniera with Metropolitan Opera’s Joseph Colaneri. At only 22, she gave her operatic debut as Anna Reich in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor at Schloss Weikersheim. In 2012 she joined the ensemble of National Theater Mannheim, where she performed roles such as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Giulia (La sScala di seta), Amenaide (Tancredi), Ännchen (/Der Freischütz), Woglinde (Das Rheingold), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Nannetta (Falstaff), Zaide (Zaide), Ninetta (The Love for Three Oranges). In 2013 Ms Banješević gave her debut at the Baden-Baden Festival and the following year at the Aix en Provence Festival. In 2015 she returned to the Baden-Baden Festival for a production of Der Rosenkavalier with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and gave a song recital at the Heidelberger Frühling Festival. The season 16/17 saw her American debut at the Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center), her debut at the Théâtre La Monnaie in Brussels, furthermore she was finalist at the 54th Tenor Viñas Contest in Barcelona. Ms. Banješević fosters a particular love for the baroque repertoire, having performed under the baton of renowned early music specialists as William Christie and Helmut Rilling. She debuted at the Musikfest Stuttgart and Beethovenfest Bonn within a tour with Bachakademie and the SWR Orchester Stuttgart under Helmut Rilling. As a recitalist Ms. Banjesevic was invited to New York, Los Angeles, France and Germany. 

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