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Renata Pokupic Croatian mezzo-soprano praised for her expressive interpretations
Mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić is praised for her engaging and expressive interpretations and is much sought after by major opera houses and orchestras.
Highlights include Idamante in Mozart Idomeneo for Opera Vlaanderen, Irene Theodora with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Nerone L'incoronazione di Poppea with the Academy of Ancient Music, an Italian programme and Dvorak with Nash Ensemble at Wigmore Hall, CPE Bach's Magnificat, Mozart's Masses and Schubert Songs with the Insula Orchestra and Accentus, and Beethoven Symphony No.9 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Pokupić also joined Roger Vignoles for a recital at the Danube Festival of Song.
Recent operatic engagements include Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro, Siebel Faust and Irene Tamerlano at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, title role Cendrillon for Opera de Lille, Dorabella Cosi fan tutte for Washington National Opera, and Nerone Agrippina in Antwerp, Lille, Dijon and Beaune. She has also sung Cherubino for Washington National Opera, Opera Vlaanderen, Gulbenkian Lisbon, and Los Angeles Opera; Octavian Der Rosenkavalier for Minnesota Orchestra, Bradamante Orlando Furioso for Oper Frankfurt, Sesto La clemenza di Tito for Chicago Opera Theater, Annio La clemenza di Tito for Opera de Lyon and the title role in Cavalli Eliogabalo at Grange Park Opera.
Much in demand on the concert platform, she appeared as Marguerite La damnation de Faust with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, sang Berlioz Romeo et Juliette with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Dvorak Stabat Mater with Collegium Vocale Gent as well as DSO Berlin. She has also sung Schubert Mass in E flat with Orchestre de Paris and Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, Haydn Scena di Berenice with Hofkapelle Esterhazy, Handel Joshua with Handel Festival Goettingen, Rossini and Respighi arias with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Cecilio in Anfossi's Lucio Silla at Mozarteum Salzburg with Le Cercle de l'Harmonie, Bruckner Mass in F minor with Orchestre de Paris, St Matthew Passion with the Bach Choir, Tirinto Imeneo with the Academy of Ancient Music, Mozart arias with Classical Opera and an extensive tour of "Tribute to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson" with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Previously she sang Davide Penitente at Festival de Saint-Denis, St Matthew Passion with Rotterdam Philharmonic, Haydn Paukenmesse, Mozart Coronation Mass and Haydn Stabat Mater with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Mozart Requiem at the BBC Proms, and appeared in Le Concert d'astres 10th anniversary concert. In previous seasons she has also sung Alcina Orlando Furioso with Ensemble Matheus in Madrid, Beethoven Symphony No.9 with Orchester Beethoven Bonn, Mahler Symphony No.2 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Pulcinella with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Mozart and Rossini arias with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Haydn The Creationwith Northern Sinfonia, Angel Elijah with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach Christmas Oratorio with Ensemble Matheus, and Pergolesi Stabat Mater with Les Talens Lyriques.
Renata works with such leading conductors as Kurt Masur, Kazushi Ono, Kent Nagano, Ingo Metzmacher, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Louis Langre, Fabio Biondi, John Eliot Gardiner, William Christie, Paul McCreesh, Jeremie Rhorer, Emmauelle Haim, Ian Page, Christophe Rousset, Carlo Rizzi, Jean-Christoph Spinosi, Laurence Cummings, Laurence Equilbey and Christian Curnyn.
An accomplished recitalist, Pokupić works regularly with the internationally acclaimed Roger Vignoles. They have appeared together at the Wigmore Hall, The Frick Collection New York, Danube Festival, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Petworth Festival, Bath Mozartfest, Delft Chamber Festival, and the Great Hall in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. Their recent programmes have included works by Mahler, Tomašek, Brahms, Britten, Schumann and Faure. They also have also recently released an album of songs by Vaclav Tomašek for Hyperion Records.