Bass-baritone Božidar Smiljanić joined Oper Frankfurt's ensemble in 2018/19. He begins this season with Farasmane in Radamisto and The Sergeant in a new production of Manon Lescaut, which are followed by Eumée in Fauré's only opera Pénélope (another new production) and Leporello in Don Giovanni. He also returns to English National Opera, where he was a member of the Harewood Artists Programme, for Mozart's Figaro and takes part in performances of Handel's Messiah with Hervé Niquet & Le Concert spirituel in the Philharmonie de Paris. Important roles in Frankfurt were Ariodate (Xerxes), Garibaldo, in a new production of Rodelinda and the Speaker (Die Zauberflöte). Božidar Smiljanić made his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2014 and has performed at Scottish Opera, Garsington Opera and with Glyndebourne on Tour. A sought-after concert singer, he has sung Masetto (Don Giovanni) with the Bamberg Sinfoniker under Jakub Hrůša and in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, in La damnation de Faust with the Royal Liverpool Philhamonic Orchestra under John Nelson, in Gilbert & Sullivan's Yeomen of the Guard with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under John Wilson and as Don Simone (La finta semplice) under Ian Page at the re-opening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. While studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London Božidar Smiljanić toured Europe and the USA with Bach cantatas under Masaaki Suzuki.