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Dunja Vejzovic Croatian prima donna
By Nenad N. Bach and Darko Žubrinić | Published  06/10/2019 | Music | Unrated
In 1980 and 1981, Herbert von Karajan engaged her to appear in his Salzburg Festival Parsifal

Dunja Vejzović (b. Crnković), distinguished Croatian opera singer. Source of the photo.

The Croatian mezzo-soprano Dunja Vejzović begins her career at the Zagreb National Theatre. From 1971 to 1976 she is a member of the Nuernberg Opera and until 1980 of the Opernhaus Frankfurt, where she appeares in several principal roles such as Venus in Wagners Tannhauser.

At the Bayreuth Festival she portrayes Kundry in Parsifal during three seasons und makes her Metropolitan debut as Venus with James Levine conducting. Herbert von Karajan engages her to appear in the Salzburg Festival, where she sings Kundry in the 1980/81 season and Ortrud in Lohengrin in 1984. In 1982 she has her debut a the Teatro alla Scala.

In the following years she sings these roles in the leading opera houses in Europa and America and appears also as Senta in Der Fliegende Hollander as well as Brunnhilde in Die Walkure. Her versatile repertoire also includes amongst other roles Eboli in Don Carlo, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Abigaille in Nabucco, Adalgisa in Norma. She sings under conductors as Herboert von Karayan, Lovro von Matacic, Georges Pretes, Lorin Maazel, Carlos Kleiber, Riccardo Muti, Christoph Eschenbach, Zubin Metha, Giannandrea Gavazzini, Nello Santi, Eugen Jochum and Armin Jordan.

In 2004 she bids farewell to the stage as Charlotte in Werther in Zagreb. Dunja Vejzović has twice won the PRIX Fondation Fanny Heldy for her recording of Kundry and of Ortrud. After teaching at Academia in Zagreb and Hochschule in Graz, she is appointed at the Hochschule fur Musik in Stuttgart 2000. The German government has award her their Federal Cross of Merit.

Dunja Vejzovic was a member of the Internationa Vocal Jury (IVC) jury in 2010. She also gave masterclasses and coachings during the IVC Wagner Academy in 2013.

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