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Pre-category, I & II category jury

Milica Stojadinovic (Serbia)
Vesna Opsenica (Serbia)
Berislav Jerkovic (Croatia)

Milica Stojadinovic

MILICA STOJADINOVIC, PhD is a primadonna of the Opera of Serbian National Theater in Novi Sad, and a full time professor and the Head of Solo singing Department at the Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad. She has been a professor at the "Isidor Bajic" Music School for 22 years, and in 12 of those years she was also the School's Solo singing Department chief. She finished the "Isidor Bajic" Music School in Novi Sad, majoring in both music theory and solo singing, in the class of prof. Jelena Jecmenica. She completed both her undergraduate and her Master studies at the Faculty of Musical Arts, University of Belgrade, in the class of prof. Biserka Cvejic, as the best student of her generation and the Anita Mezetova special award winner. Professor Stojadinovic holds PhD in Theatrology from the University of Novi Sad, Drama Department where she finished her doctoral study with the thesis "Dramatic Characterization of Puccini Heroines". Along with her pedagogical work, she also developed a very successful performing career. She appeared in most major cities of Serbia, as well as abroad: Paris (France), London (Great Britain), Vienna (Austria), Rostov on Don (Russia), Budapest, Pecs (Hungary), Athens, Delphi (Greece), Timisoara (Romania), Skopje (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Kotor, Herceg Novi, Budva (Montenegro). She sang with the elite orchestra (Rostov Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Radio and Television of Serbia, The Belgrade Symphonietta, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Yugoslavian Army, Chamber Orchestra of Novi Sad, as well as with the most eminent domestic conductors. She appeares in several major roles: Cio-Cio-san (Madama Butterfly), Violetta (La Traviata), Norma (Norma), Gilda (Rigoletto), Adina (L'elisir d'amore), Nedda (Pagliacci), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Sophie (Werther). She is the winner of several annual awards for her exceptional accomplishments at the Serbian National Theater: for the role of Sophie in Werther, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, and Violetta in La Traviata. She has successfully performed at the major domestic festivals: Bemus, Nomus, Somus, as well as abroad: Spiritual Music Festival (Delphi, Greece), Opera Festival (Timisoara, Romania), The Budva Summer (Budva, Montenegro). Critics named her one of the leading sopranos on the Serbian musical scene, noting the beauty of her voice, her immaculate singing technique, great musicality, suggestiveness and enchanting charisma, both on the opera scene and the concert podium. She achieved remarkable results at the field of pedagogy. She has often been invited as a jury member at national and international solo singing competitions. University of Ljubljana named her the permanent member of the habilitation selection committee for solo singing. She held many master classes both in Serbia and abroad, with the ones in Rostov on Don (at the Sergei Rachmaninoff Conservatory in 2009 and at the Rostov Philharmonic Hall in 2013) and in Trieste (Conservatorio Giuseppe Tartini in 2016) standing out. Her students have consistently been winning first prizes and laureates at national and international competitions, and many of them are already successful at the opera scene in Serbia and throughout Europe.


Berislav Jerkovic

Berislav Jerkovic, associate professor, PhD, working at the Academy of Arts in Osijek. He teaches Singing and correspond¬ing subjects (Vocal Techniques, Methods of Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Literature and Interpretation, Chamber singing). He graduated in M.A. Voice at the Academy of Music in Zagreb and M.A. of Music Pedagogy at the Faculty of Pedagogy in Osijek. He also finished a postgraduate study of Singing at the Academy of Music in Zagreb, postgraduate studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and doctoral studies of Vocal pedagogy at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. He made his débuts in opera in 1997 and since then attained several solo positions in operas, op¬erettas and musicals: Rigoletto, Un ballo in maschera, Eugene Onegin, Carmen, Gianni Schicci, La sonnambula, The Marriage of Figaro, L'elisir d'amore, Tosca, La serva padrona, Nikola Subic Zrinski, Cosi fan tutte, Ero the Joker, I Pagliacci, La boheme, Il segreto di Susanna, The Magic Flute, Camelot, Dido and Aeneas, Man of La Mancha etc. He worked with many great conductors, singer and directors. Furthermore, he gave concerts at the festivals in Split - Splitsko ljeto, in Varazdin - Varazdinske barokne veceri and Varazdinski ljetni festival, in Osijek - Osjecko ljeto kulture, in Zagreb - Zagrebacki barokni festival as well as other festivals in Croatia and abroad (Skopje summer festival, BitFest - Bitola . ). Here are only some of the highlights from his repertoire which are worth mentioning J.S. Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium, G.Faure: Reguiem, G.Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn, C.Orff: Carmina Burana, A.Bruckner: Requiem, G. Puccini: Messa di Gloria, G.F.Handel: Te Deum etc. He has also per¬formed at many solo concerts across Croatia as well as in Slovenia, Serbia, Hungary, Macedonia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain, Venezuela, USA, Belgium and China. He has worked with the Croatian Baroque Ensemble at performances of the great classic composers: Caccini, Rameau, Campra, Handel, Bach...He is very active in researching Arts and Science and he has participated in conferences and congresses in Bologna (2008), Paris (2009), Marlborough (2010), Beijing (2010), Rochester (2011), Thessaloniki (2012), Brisbane (2013) and Princeton (2014). In addition, he also leads master classes and professional seminars for singers, choir leaders and vocal ensemble leaders (Croatia, Hungary, UK, France, Canada, USA). Besides his singing career, he also works as a conductor, he per¬forms on concerts with choirs and ensembles in Croatia and abroad. Finally, he received many awards - as a solo artist as well as a director. He is the founder and artistic director of Opera ensemble of Academy of arts in Osijek.

Vesna Opsenica


Vesna Opsenica was born in Belgrade where she has got primary and master degree on Faculty of Musical Art in the class of professor Irina Arsikin. During the studies she was a member and solo singer of prominent choirs: "Branko Krsmanovic- Obilic" and "Collegium musicum" with which she was performing in famous festivals in the country and abroad: In Belgrade, Nis, Novi Sad, Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Tours, Lille, Lion, Nice, Bordeaux, Rome, Moscow, Budapest, Kefalonia, Lefkas, Kardica as well as on the big tour in USA and Canada. . . On the concert stage she was cooperating with prominent conductors: M. Jagust, D. Matic Marovic, B. Sudjic, A. Vujic, B. Radovanovic, V. Souc, M Tisma from the country, and with the ones from abroad: Sinaisky, Svetlanov, Pretre, N. Eftimiadis . She was singing with the orchestras: "Gudaci Sv. Dorda", "Kraljevki gudaci sv. Dorda", "Ensemble Arte FMA", "String chamber orchestra" from Moscow. She performed as a concert singer singing Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Dvorzak's plays as well as local composers' compositions (Konjovic, Milojevic, Marinkovic, Prebanda, Radic, Jovanovic, Simic, Milankovic. . .) Since 1999. she has performed with the prominent composer and pianistVera Milankovic and with flutist Ljuba Dimitrijevic performing old local songs in cycles: "Songs from Vuk's collections", "Songs from the Raska district", "Songs of old Serbia", "Serbian vocal tradition songs". Wanting to tear off Serbian songs from oblivion she performed all the programs in the most remote Serbian towns as well as in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Nis, Gornji Milanovac, Cacak, Novi Pazar, Vranje, Banja Luka, Prijedor, Bjeljina, and also in Wienna, London, Thessaloniki, Budapest. . . Vesna Opsenica has been a vocal pedagogist-professor of solo singing since 1993 in the high musical school "Josip Slavenski" in Belgrade, and since 2000. she has worked as a professor in Academy of belle art in Belgrade. She constantly improves herself by attending to master-classes and seminars in Belgrade, Kotor, Herceg Novi, Rome, and lecturers are professor Olivera Grujic, professor Irina Arsikin, professor Zvonimir Krnetic, donna Olivera Miljakovic, professor Radmila Smiljanic, piano contributor Rilando Nikolosi, opera star Darina Takova. . . Vesna Opsenica's pupils and students are prizewinners of many awards of republic competitions, competition "L. Jovanovic", "N. Cvejic" in Ruma, "Konjovic" in Novi Sad and Belgrade, "Vojislav Vuckovic" in Belgrade, as well as "Bruna Spiler" in Herceg Novi. . . We will mention only the most important successes:
• Pupil Andelka Tomic, second award in international competition "Petar Konjovic" 1994 in Novi Sad (nobody won the first prize);
• Pupil Ana Sajrer, laureate of allied competition 1995. in Herceg Novi;
• Pupil Marija Mamula, first award of republic competition 1997. in Belgrade;
• Pupil Jovana Backovic, first award of republic competition 1997. in Belgrade;
• Pupil Vanja Trajkovic, first award of republic competition 1999. in Belgrade;
• Pupil Vanja Trajkovic, second award of international competition "Petar Konjovic" 2000. in Belgrade;
• Pupil Nina Ficovic, first award of competition "Vojislav Vuckovic" 2001. in Belgrade;
• Pupil Vanja Trajkovic, first award of competition "Vojislav Vuckovic" 2001. in Belgrade;
• Pupil Vanja Trajkovic, first award of republic competition 2003. in Belgrade;
• Student Visnja Radosav, first award of competition "Lazar Jovanovic" 2006. in Belgrade;
• Student Visnja Radosav, first award of competition "Bruna Spiler" 2007. in Herceg Novi;
• Student Milica Lalosevic, second award of competition "Bruna Spiler" 2008. in Herceg Novi;
• Student Visnja Radosav, first award of competition "Nikola Cvejic" 2009. in Ruma;
• Pupil Isidora Stevanovic, second award of competition "Lazar Jovanovic" 2011;
• Pupil Ivana Klaric, second award of republic competition in 2011;
• Pupil Milica Duric, first award of the competition "Lazar Jovanovic" in 2012;
• Pupil Milica Duric, second award of republic competition in 2013;
• Pupil Isidora Stevanovic, laureate of the republic competition in 2013;
• Pupil Jelena Radic, first award of the republic competition in 2013.
These are just some of the prizes Vesna Opsenica's pupils and students won. Vesna Opsenica's students has continued master studies in prestigious art faculties in Wienna (Ileana Luzajic-soprano), Rome (Visnja Radosav-mezzo soprano, and Milica Lalosevic-soprano).
Visnja Radosav- mezzo soprano is the one of finalists of international solo singers competition "Rolando Nikolozi" in Rome in 2009 and in 2010, professor Opsenica considers it as her biggest pedagogical success so far.
As a prominent member of the Serbian solo singer's assets, she participated in work of the following competitions:
• Member of the republic jury for solo singers in Belgrade, in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001.
• Member of the jury of Primary musical schools festival in Novi Knjazevac in 1999;
• Member of the jury of "Ozorja na Tisi" manifestation in Novi Becej in 2010 and 2011;
• Member of the jury of international competition "Petar Konjovic" in Belgrade, in 2011.
She held a seminar in musical school "Josif Marinkovic" in Zrenjanin in 2002. on topic : "Proper breathing, clear diction". She was asked again to hold another seminar in the very same school on topic: "The importance of soft attack (attace) in work with beginners".
She held a seminar in the high musical school where she works in 2005. called: "The importance and necessity of costal-abdominal breathing for singers".
Vesna Opsenica is an active member of accredited seminar Pedagogical Forum which is organized by department of Musical pedagogy and solfeggio on FMA:
• The third pedagogical forum, 2000: "Vocal-technical singers preparation for working on song",
• The fourth pedagogical forum, 2001.: "Genre in teaching solo singing",
• The seventh pedagogical forum, 2004.: "Introduction of coloratura singing",
• The tenth pedagogical forum, 2007: "Movement- from appoggio to its interpret?tion",
• The twelfth pedagogical forum, 2009.: "From introducing the song to its interpretation".
In 2011. She enrolled doctoral degree in vocal pedagogy in department of musical pedagogy at FMA (Faculty of Musical art) in Belgrade, where she expect to defend her dissertation.
She is a member of UMUS (AMBS- Association of musical and ballet pedagogists of Serbia.

 

 

 

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