Ivana Srbljan is a Croatian mezzosoprano born in Zagreb and currently working in Rijeka since the beginning of the season 2014/2015, where she is a member of the ensemble of the Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc. Ivana completed Master’s degree in Music Theory and in Opera Studies at the Academy of Music, University of Zagreb under the tuition of Vlatka Oršanić. After graduation she pursues her vocal studies with Dennis O’Neill.
Ivana won the Grand Prix at the international opera festival in Beeskow/Berlin, OperOderSpree 2012, first prize at the International Competition Bruna Špiler in Herceg-Novi 2012, first and second prize at the HDGPP Competition in Dubrovnik 2011 and Rector’s Award for interpretation role of Carmen in Bizet’s opera Carmen.
She has completed a number of professional courses, seminars and master classes with renowned musicians, directors and voice coaches including Claudia Visca, Monika Hauswalter, Gareth Jones, Ryland Davies, Nuccia Focile, Peter Maus, Snježana Brzaković, Anton Scharinger, Catherine Denley, Walter Moore, John Blakely, Giorgio Surian, ect.
She debuted in 2013 in the role of Fenena in Nabucco at the CNT in Osijek, in 2014 in the role of Olga in Eugene Onegin at the CNT Ivan pl. Zajc in Rijeka and in 2015 in the role of Carmen at the CNT in Split.
As a soloist at the CNT Ivan pl. Zajc in Rijeka, Ivana’s roles have included Olga, Carmen, Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff, Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Charlotta in Massenet’s Werther, Emilia in Verdi’s Otello, Jocasta in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex, La abuela in de Falla’s La vida breve, Bersi in Giordano Andrea’s Chénier, Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Cesare and Cornelia in Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto. Also, in 2015 she debuted in the role of Dalila in Saint-Saëns opera Samson et Dalila at the CNT in Split. For the next season she is preparing Adalgisa, Verdi’s Requiem and Stephano in Romeo and Juliet.
As a concert singer, her performances have included de Falla’s El amor brujo and Siete canciones populares españolas , Bruckner’s Te Deum, Ligeti’s Aventures et Nouvelles Aventures, Britten’s Phaedra, Schumann’s Frauenliebe und leben, Szymanowski Stabat Mater, Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible, Mahler’s Fünf Rucket lieder, Bach’s Matthäus-Passion, Johannes-Passion, Weihnachts-Oratorium and Magnificat, Monteverdi’s Il ballo delle ingrate and Combatimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Mozart’s Requiem, Sibelius Kullervo and many others.
Ivana is very active in performances of contemporary music and opera in collaboration with the Croatian ensemble for contemporary music Cantus Ensemble. She has been performing with Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and Dimitrij Kitajenko, Jyväskylä Sinfonia and Ville Matvejeff, Croatian Chamber Orchestra, Pannonian Philharmonic Orchestra and Tibor Bogany, Wiener Concert-Verein Orchestra, I Solisti Veneti and Claudio Scimone, ect. She performed in the Wiener Musikverein and major Croatian festivals like Music Biennale in Zagreb, Osor Musical Evenings, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Split Summer Festival, Rijeka Summer nights Festival and St. Mark’s Festival and she is working with the most important Croatian conductors and directors.