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Following his performances in Verdi's Simon Boccanegra with Oper Frankfurt, Bloomberg News praised "Zeljko Lucic, the Yugoslavian-born baritone, [who] gives a towering performance in the title role, bringing gravity and sonorous force, showing us edges of pain and dawning self-knowledge on his path to a poisoned end." Mr. Lucic, a native of Serbia, is steadily gaining notice for his performances of the dramatic baritone repertoire in the world's leading opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, L'Opéra National de Paris and the Vienna Staatsoper. For his appearance in La forza del destino with San Francisco Opera, the Financial Times declared, "with this Don Carlo, Zeljko Lucic served notice that he is one of today's pre-eminent Verdi baritones." His many return engagements in the 2007-08 season include the Metropolitan Opera, singing the title role in a new production of Verdi's Macbeth (conducted by James Levine); the Wiener Staatsoper as Germont in La traviata; Staatsoper Dresden for the title role in Rigoletto; and Oper Frankfurt to reprise the title roles of Simon Boccanegra and Macbeth, as Iago in concert performances of Otello, and Michele in Il tabarro and

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Following his performances in Verdi's Simon Boccanegra with Oper Frankfurt, Bloomberg News praised "Zeljko Lucic, the Yugoslavian-born baritone, [who] gives a towering performance in the title role, bringing gravity and sonorous force, showing us edges of pain and dawning self-knowledge on his path to a poisoned end." Mr. Lucic, a native of Serbia, is steadily gaining notice for his performances of the dramatic baritone repertoire in the world's leading opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, L'Opéra National de Paris and the Vienna Staatsoper. For his appearance in La forza del destino with San Francisco Opera, the Financial Times declared, "with this Don Carlo, Zeljko Lucic served notice that he is one of today's pre-eminent Verdi baritones."

His many return engagements in the 2007-08 season include the Metropolitan Opera, singing the title role in a new production of Verdi's Macbeth (conducted by James Levine); the Wiener Staatsoper as Germont in La traviata; Staatsoper Dresden for the title role in Rigoletto; and Oper Frankfurt to reprise the title roles of Simon Boccanegra and Macbeth, as Iago in concert performances of Otello, and Michele in Il tabarro and the title role of Gianni Schicchi in Puccini's Il trittico.

In subsequent seasons, he sang Iago in a new production of Otello at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, La Traviata at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the title role of Nabucco at the Wiener Staatsoper.

He made his debut at La Scala (Tosca) this season and he returned to the Metropolitan Opera to sing the title role in a new production of Rigoletto, and to the Wiener Staatsoper (Forza del destino) and will make his debut at the Salzburg Festival singing the title role in a new production of Macbeth conducted by Riccardo Muti.
In the upcoming season he will be performing at the Paris Opera (Rigoletto), at the Bayerische Staatsoper (Luisa Miller), at the Wiener Staatsoper (Traviata and Tosca), at the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona (Aida) and at the Teatro alla Scala (Otello).

Zeljko Lucic has also appeared with many orchestras, including the Hessischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmony, RTB Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is a recipient of the 1997 first prize at the International Competition Francisco Viñas in Barcelona. Mr. Lucic has studied extensively with world-renowned mezzo Biserka Cvejic.


2011/12 Season
Date last updated: 15/07/2011

 

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Reviews

"Baritone Zeljko Lucic [...] sang with a power and elegance revealing the innate nobility of Verdi’s score."

James Jorden, New York Post

"Zeljko Lucic supera brillantemente las dificultades de su papel y demuestra ser un muy buen Boccanegra. Técnica y vocalmente está a muy alto nivel: el timbre es muy grato, los armónicos ricos, la emisión limpia y bien focalizada, no se advierte ningún punto débil en todo su registro, el fiato es muy generoso. En el plano interpretativo Lucic resulta impecable y, sobre todo, convence por saber conjugar las diversas facetas estilísticas de su papel: domina tanto el belcanto lírico como el dramatismo contundente del Verdi tardío y pasa de un lenguaje al otro logrando transiciones naturales, sin fisuras ni sobresaltos. Su musicalidad, que sirve de medio para expresar una rica gama de hondos sentimienos, está fuera de toda discusión.
[Zeljko Lucic brilliantly overcomes his role’s difficulties and turns out to be a great Boccanegra. His technical and vocal level is very high: his timbre is very pleasant, his harmonies rich, his delivery clean and precise, one notices no weakness in any of the registers and the fiato is very generous. As to his performance, Lucic is impeccable and, above all, very convincing in his ability to combine his role’s differing stylistic aspects: he dominates the lyrical belcanto and Verdi’s last work’s powerful drama equally and switches from one language to another with natural transitions, without halts or shocks. His musicality, which serves as a means to express a full range of deep feelings is unquestionable.]"

J.G. Messerschmidt, Mundo Clásico

"Serbian baritone, Zeljko Lucic, really gets beneath the skin of Rigoletto and shows us the breadth of this character in all his flawed humanity. He uses a range of tone colour to give us insights into this fascinating and multi-faceted character while deploying some highly expressive and nuanced phrasing […] In the final aria, ‘Si Vendetta, tremenda vendetta,’ Lucic showed his full range giving us some very powerful and impassioned singing."

Robert Beattie, Seen and Heard International

"Broad-shouldered Serbian baritone Zeljko Lucic […] was magnificent in the title role of the misshapen jester and tragically overprotective father."

Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

"His fine sense of stage work combined with a true Verdi baritone, a superb legato, and an impressive dynamic range, all combine to great effect."

Moore Parker, The Opera Critic

"Sa vaillance vocale qui n’exclue pas la souplesse, son excellente projection, sa large palette de nuances, son sens du phrasé et du rythme, sa musicalité, son timbre d’airain et son total investissement dans son personnage le placent haut dans la hiérarchie des tenants internationaux du rôle.
[His vocal courage that does not prevent flexibility, his excellent delivery, his large palette of nuances, his phrasing and rhythm abilities, his musicality, his powerful timbre and his complete investment in his character make him one of he best international performers of this role.]"

Elisabeth Bouillon, Forum Opéra

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Discography

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Repertoire

Bellini
IL PIRATA (Ernesto)
I PURITANI (Riccardo)

Bizet
LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES (Zurga)

Cilea
ADRIANA LECOUVREUR (Michonnet)

Donizetti
L'ELISIR D'AMORE (Belcore)
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Enrico)
ROBERTO DEVEREUX (Nottingham)

Leoncavallo
I PAGLIACCI (Tonio)

Mascagni
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Alfio)

Meyerbeer
LES HUGUENOTS (Graf von Nevers)

Mozart
DON GIOVANNI (Don Giovanni)
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Count)

Puccini
LA BOHÈME (Marcello)
GIANNI SCHICCHI (Gianni Schicchi)
MANON LESCAUT (Lescaut)
IL TABARRO (Michele)

Tchaikovsky
EUGENE ONEGIN (Onegin)
THE QUEEN OF SPADES (Yeletsky)

Verdi
AIDA (Amonasro)
ATTILA (Ezio)
UN BALLO IN MASCHERA (Renato)
DON CARLOS (Rodrigo)
I DUE FOSCARI (Francesco Foscari)
ERNANI (King of Spain)
FALSTAFF (Ford)
LA FORZA DEL DESTINO (Don Carlo)
GIOVANNA D'ARCO (Giacomo)
LUISA MILLER (Miller)
MACBETH (Macbeth)
NABUCCO (Nabucco)
OTELLO (Iago)
RIGOLETTO (Rigoletto)
SIMON BOCCANEGRA (Simon Boccanegra)
LA TRAVIATA (Germont)
IL TROVATORE (Di Luna)
I VESPRI SICILIANI (Montforte)