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Božidar Smiljanić

bass-baritone

Božidar Smiljanić
© Barbara Aumüller

Božidar Smiljanić joined the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt in 2018/19. During the 2020/21 season he can be heard as Ariodate in Xerxes, Zuniga in Carmen, Borow and Zoroasto in new productions of Giordano's Fedora and Handel's Orlando and Angelotti in Tosca. His roles for the company have included Garibaldo (Rodelinda) and Farasmane (Radamisto), the Speaker (Die Zauberflöte), Sergeant (Manon Lescaut) and Eumée (Fauré's Pénélope). The corona shutdown prevented him from singing his first Leporellos (Don Giovanni) and Police Inspectors (Der Rosenkavalier) and a recital in the Holzfoyer in Frankfurt, and Mozart's Figaro at English National Opera, where he was a member of the Harewood Artists Programme. Božidar Smiljanić made his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2014 and appeared with companies including Scottish Opera, Garsington Opera and Glyndebourne on Tour. Concert work has included Masetto (Don Giovanni) with the Bamberg Symphony under Jakub Hrůša in the Elb Philharmonie in Hamburg, 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 Handel's Messiah with Hervé Niquet & Le Concert spirituel in the Philharmonie de Paris. He sang Don Simone in La finta semplice conducted by Ian Page at the re-opening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. While studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London he toured Europe and the US with Bach cantatas under Masaaki Suzuki.