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Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Tamara Banješević graduated from the University of Music in Mannheim and at the Juilliard School with Edith Wiens. She made her operatic debut as Anna Reich in The Merry Wives of 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 Scala di seta), Amenaide (Tancredi), Ännchen (Der Freischütz), Nannetta (Falstaff), and the title role of Zaide. In 2013 she made 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 (the milliner in Der Rosenkavalier) and gave a song recital at the Heidelberger Frühling Festival.
The season 16/17 saw her debut at the Lincoln Center and at the Théâtre La Monnaie in Brussels (the High Priestess in Aida). She was also finalist at the Viñas Contest in Barcelona. She obtained the first prize of the International Competition Manhattan, the Richard Kandel Memorial Award (Opera Index Competition) and performed Amore in Monteverdi’s Il Ballo delle ingrate and Sandrina in La Finta Giardiniera in New York. She gave recitals in New York, Los Angeles, France and Germany and sung with conductors such as Helmut Rilling or William Christie.
In 2018 she made her Paris Opera debut (a flower maiden in Parsifal) and performed at the Salzburg Festival (Fortuna and Damigella in L'incoronazione di Poppea). During seasons 2018/19 and 2020/21, she joined the Aalto-Musiktheater company in Essen where she added to her repertoire the roles of Micaela (Carmen), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Eva (Il Primo Omicidio), and recently Eurydice (Orfeo ed Euridice) and Woglinde (The Rhinegold).
In 2021, she sung the First Lady in The Magic Flute at the Paris Opera. During season 2021/22, she performed Gilda (Rigoletto) and Eva (Cain, overo Il primo omicidio) at the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen, and Woglinde and Gretel at the Stuttgart Staatsoper.
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