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 Masetto for Glyndebourne on Tour’s Don Giovanni to high critical acclaim. Future engagements include Schaunard in Scottish Opera’s new production of La Bohème after which Božidar will be participating 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 FigaroNick Shadow in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s ProgressThe Mayor in Rimsky-Korsakov’s May NightLuka in Walton’s The BearLe 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 genugBWV 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.

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.


Scottish Opera 2017:
Puccini: La Bohème

La Bohème – Giacomo Puccini
9th May – 17th June 2017 in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Inverness
Mimì: Hye-Youn Lee & Nadine Livingston (16 May, 8, 13 Jun)
Rodolfo: Luis Gomes & Christopher Turner (16 May, 8, 13 Jun)
Marcello: David Stout
Musetta: Jeanine De Bique
Colline: Damien Pass
Alcindoro/Benoît: Jonathan Best

Fauré: Requiem

Saturday 24th June 2017 – 7:30PM – Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
Janet Wheeler – Conductor
Saffron Walden Choral Society

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