Nela Šarić, soprano

Recent highlights include covering the role of VIOLETTA – La traviata at Welsh National Opera, singing MUSETTA – La bohème at the Sendai Music Hall and GILDA – Rigoletto at the Emerald Hall in Japan, Faure’s Requiem with New York’s West Village Chorale, Gala concert celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Croatian National Theatre in Zadar and performing during the Milka Trnina Award Ceremony in Rijeka.

Nela was accepted to 2015 International Opera Studio in Gijon, Spain. She won the Tokyo Metropolitan Opera Foundation Special Prizes, the 2017 Riccardo Zandonai International Competition in Italy, the 1st and the Audience Prizes at the 2017 Stuart Burrows International Voice Award in Wales and the 2nd Prize at the Otto Edelmann Singing Competition in Austria. Nela was also in the finale of prestigious International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Russia and the International Zinka Milanov Singing Competition in Croatia. 

Renowned conductors that Nela collaborated with include Riccardo Muti, Lorenzo Tazzieri, Michael Conley, Guido Mancusi, Jose Gomez, Mladen Tarbuk, stage directors Sarah Crisp, Yasuhiro Miura, Ignacio Garcia.

Nela Šarić graduated from Zagreb Academy of Music and was attending Wales International Academy of Voice, where she studied with renowned vocal mentors such as Dennis O’Neill, Nuccia Focile as well as Richard Bonynge and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. In 2018, Nela won a bursary from Opera Awards Foundation. Nela participated in masterclasses held by Raina Kabaivanska, Susan Bullock, Nelly Miricioiu, Ryland Davies, Annemarie Zeller, Larry Allan Smith, Benno Schollum, Mary Logan-Hastings, Helena Lazarska and Judith Kopecky. For her achievements in music, Nela was awarded the Coat of Arms by the City of Zadar.