Saturday, November 8, 2014

Introducing Ivan Oreščanin

Serbian barihunk Ivan Oreščanin is new to this site and he opens tonight as Graf Danilo Danilowitsch in Franz Lehár's Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) at Opera Graz. He has sung the role of Count Danilo before in Graz, as well as on a tour in Switzerland with the Orchestre Symphonique Neuchâtelois.

Oreščanin was born in Belgrade, where he began his vocal studies before moving on to the University of Music and Theater in Munich. He won the first Prize at the National Competition of Serbia in 2000, was a finalist at the International Singing Competition "Debus in Merano" in 2004, and he won the Kulturkontaktpreis at Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition in Vienna in 2007.

He has been an ensemble member at Opera Graz since 2006, where he as performed in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, La finta giardiniera and Die Zauberlöte, Handel's Alcina, and numerous operetta roles including Strauss' Die Fledermaus and Offenbach's La belle Hélène. As a guest singer, he has appeared in Augsburg, Würzburg, the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, Ingolstadt, the opera festival in St. Margareten in Austria, and the Chiemgau Music Festival in Germany.

Tickets for Die lustige Witwe are available online and performances run through February 25th.  Oreščanin will also be singing Fritz in Korngold's Die tote Stadt with the company during this period.

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