Friday, November 28, 2014

(Properly) Introducing Croatian Barihunk Krešimir Stražanac

Krešimir Stražanac
We recently ran a photo of 31-year-old Croatian bass-baritone, Krešimir Stražanac on our Facebook feed as our "Gratuitous Picture of the Day" [top left photo]. Needless to say it created a bit of buzz amongst our readers. It was subsequently brought to our attention that we've never properly introduced him to readers.

Stražanac studied at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart. He went on to win the International La Voce Competition of the Bavarian Radio for art song and the International Cantilena Competition in Bayreuth for opera/operetta. In September 2012, he won the International Hugo Wolf Competition in Hugo Wolf's birthplace in Gradec, Slovenia. 

Krešimir Stražanac
Since the 2007-2008 season, he's been a member of the ensemble at the Opernhauses Zürich, where he's performed Ping in Turandot, Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Don Fernando in Fidelio, Morales in Carmen and Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly. In November 2012, he made his debut as Dr. David Livesay in the world premiere of Frank Schwemmer's Die Schatzinsel and in March 2013 in the role of Baron Tusenbach in Péter Eötvös' opera The Three Sisters

He can be heard in complete recordings of Bizet's Carmen, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Fidelio.

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