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Božidar Smiljanić

bass-baritone

Božidar Smiljanić
© Nathan Heller

The bass-baritone Božidar Smiljanić joins the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt from the beginning of the 2018/19 season, during which he sings The Speaker in Die Zauberflöte, Gamekeeper / Hunter in Rusalka, Ariodate in Xerxes, Zuniga in Carmen and Garibaldo in a new production of Rode­linda. This Englishman, with Serbian roots, was a Harewood Artist at English National Opera, where he made his debut as the Marquis in La traviata and went on to sing the title role in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Schaunard in La Bohème. After making his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2014, Božidar Smiljanić's engagements have included Schaunard at Scottish Opera, Haly in L’italiana in Algeri at Garsington Opera and Masetto in Don Giovanni with Glyndebourne on Tour. Recent appearances in his busy concert career have included the Messiah with Hervé Ni­quet & Le Concert spirituel, Masetto (Don Giovanni) with the Bamberg Symphony under Jakub Hrůša and in the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, La damna­tion de Faust with the Royal Liverpool Philhamonic Orchestra under John Nelson, Gilbert & Sullivan's Yeomen of the Guard with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under John Wilson and Don Simone (La finta semplice) under Ian Page for the re-opening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. While studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London he toured Europe and America singing Bach cantata under Masaaki Suzuki.