Božidar Smiljanić is a promising, young British Bass-Baritone of Serbian descent and alumnus of the Royal Academy of Music in London.
In the 2016-17 season, Božidar made his debut at Garsington Opera in the role of Haly (L’italiana in Algeri) and performed the roles of Masetto for Glyndebourne on Tour’s Don Giovanni and Schaunard in Scottish Opera’s new production of La Bohème. He also participated in the International Meistersinger Akademie 2017 in Neumarkt under Professor Edith Wiens.
Božidar is also a regular on the concert platform having performed an extensive range of oratorio works across the UK and abroad. Most recently, he performed the role of Wilfred Shadbolt in a concert performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Yeoman of the Guard, conducted by John Wilson with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the role of Brander in Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust with John Nelson and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Božidar is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London where he received the Principal’s Prize for exceptional all-round studentship. With the support of a full scholarship, he trained at the Academy for four years under Professor Mark Wildman and Iain Ledingham. In the Royal Academy Opera productions, Božidar performed the title role in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Nick Shadow in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, The Mayor in Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night, Luka in Walton’s The Bear, Le Roi in Massanet’s Cendrillon and Betto in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.
Beyond opera, Božidar’s musical life at the Academy was rich in its diversity; most notably with his participation in the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series. Božidar performed a great deal of cantatas by JS Bach including BWV 82: Ich habe genug, BWV 56: Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen and BWV 158: Der Friede sei mit dir with the Academy Baroque orchestra under Iain Ledingham and Masaaki Suzuki. Božidar toured with a programme of Bach cantatas with the latter in venues such as Jordan Hall (Boston, USA), the Alice Tully Hall (New York, USA) and Thomaskirche (Leipzig, Germany).
As a member of the Royal Academy of Music Song Circle, Božidar developed a wide repertory of song cycles and individual art songs, working closely with the renowned Professor Richard Stokes and Audrey Hyland. He performed in numerous recitals of lieder, English, American and Russian song both at the Academy and other prestigious venues such as Colston Hall in Bristol and London’s Wigmore Hall.
Further afield, Božidar has had considerable success in singing competitions including the Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award, first place in the Blythe Buesst Operatic Competition and the Sacred Aria Prize in the Mozart Singing Competition. This year, he will be a participant in the inaugural Grange Festival International Opera Competition and in the renowned Neue Stimmen Competition.
Božidar was born in Wembley, London and gained a degree in Law at the University of Nottingham before embarking on a performance career.
Božidar’s studies at the Royal Academy of Music were supported by the generosity of numerous benefactors and trusts. He is most heartily grateful for all the support he received from the Robert Easton Award, the Charles Mackerras Opera Scholarship, the Matthew & Sally Ferrey Scholarship, the Friends of Clumber Music Studio, the Leverhulme Trust, the Fishmonger’s Company, interested persons in Lincoln, Help Musicians UK (Ian Fleming Award), the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Josephine Baker Trust.
Saturday 18th November 2017 – 7:30pm – Hereford Cathedral
Hereford Choral Society
Geraint Bowen – conductor
BOŽIDAR SMILJANIĆ – Bass
Don Giovanni – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1st December – Konzertsaal Konzerthalle Bamberg, Joseph-Keilberth-Saal; 4th December- Elbphilarmonie, Hamburg
Jakub Hrůša Conductor
Christian Gerhaher Don Giovanni
Simona Šaturová Donna Anna
Martin Mitterrutzner Don Ottavio
Goran Jurić Commendatore
Layla Claire Donna Elvira
Tareq Nazmi Leporello
BOŽIDAR SMILJANIĆ Masetto
Sophie Karthäuser Zerlina
La Traviata – Giuseppe Verdi
Claudia Boyle – Violetta Valéry
Lukhanyo Moyake – Alfredo Germont
Alan Opie – Giorgio Germont
Henry Waddington – Dr Grenvil
Aled Hall – Gastone, Vicomte de Letorières
Benjamin Bevan – Baron Douphol
BOŽIDAR SMILJANIĆ – Marchese D’Obigny
Heather Shipp – Flora Bervoix
Martha Jones – Annina