Zeljko Lucic

Baritone

Biography

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.

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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

“[…] Željko Lučić as Gérard – a beautifully sung, handsomely acted portrait of a revolutionary politician facing the moral consequences of the private motivations that tarnish his integrity”

Tim Ashley

The Guardian