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Renata Pokupic acclaimed Croatian mezzo-sporano
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  12/24/2008 | People , Culture And Arts | Unrated
Known internationally through her coloratura-mezzo repertoire

Renata Pokupić, internationally known mezzo-soprano


Croatian mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić is known internationally through her acclaimed performances of baroque, classical and other coloratura-mezzo repertoire as well as solo songs.

In 2003, she made her successful debut at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, where she sang Anna in Berlioz Les Troyens with Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducting (DVD by BBC Opus Arte). Her London debut followed in 2004 during the London Handel Festival, when she sang Dejanira in Handel's Hercules with Laurence Cummings and the London Handel Orchestra. Renata sang the solo part in Bach's Mass in B minor during the BBC Proms in August 2004 with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and joined him andhis ensembles, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, on their European and Far East tour in December 2004 singing Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.

She performs regularly with Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort (Bach's St. John’s Passion, Mass in B minor and Christmas Oratorio, Mozart's Mass in C-minor). She has sung across France with Emmanuelle Ha'm and Le Concert d'Astree and in Halle with Alessandro de Marchi. Renata has appeared in concerts during the De Doelen Festival, Rotterdam, where she performed with Federico Sardelli and Modo Antiquo in the world premiere of Vivaldi's Montezuma. During the baroque festival in Beaune, she sang with Antonio Florio and Capella della Pietá de' Turchini, (Arsace / Partenope), Jeremy Rhorer and Le Cercle de l'Harmonie (Idamante / Idomeneo) and with Ottavio Dantone and Accademia Bizantina (Medoro / Orlando), and sang Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro in Beaune and Paris. She also performed during the Prague Spring and Wroclaw Festivals.

Renata Pokupić holds numerous awards among which are the Le Cercle International des Amis et Mecenes du Chatelet award (International Circle of Friends and Patrons of Théâtre du Châtelet, CIAM) and the Orlando for the best performance at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival 2004 with the Purcell Quartet. She graduated and obtained her MM from the Music Academy of Zagreb, where she studied with Zdenka Žabčić-Hesky. Renata holds two first prizes from The 36th Antonin Dvorak International Voice Competition in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, as well as two special prizes from the same competition. She reached finals of the 8th International Mozart Competition in Salzburg and the Competizione dell ‘Opera in Dresden.

Future engagements include collaboration with pianists Stephen Kovacevich and Roger Vignoles, performances with Laurence Cummings and London Handel Players during the London Handel Festival, concerts with Jeremy Rorher and Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, Messiah with the Halle Orchestra, Il Trionfo del Tempo with the Akademie fur Alte Musik, Berlin, Irene Tamerlano, Teatro Real, Madrid under Paul McCreesh, Teodata, Flavio, Academy of Ancient Music, and Statira in Vivaldi's L'Incoronazione di Dario, Garsington Opera.



Renata Pokupić, Croatian mezzo-soprano

Hear mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić sing the role of Idamante in an extract from Mozart's Idomeneo.

Click on the link below to hear mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić sing an excerpt from Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito.

Pianist: James Southall, Producer: David Hinitt, Engineer: John Dunkerley

Click on the link below to hear mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić sing an excerpt from Handel's Ariodante.

Pianist: James Southall, Producer: David Hinitt, Engineer: John Dunkerley

Click on the link below to hear mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić sing an excerpt from Bach's Christmas Oratorio.

Pianist: James Southall, Producer: David Hinitt, Engineer: John Dunkerley





Bellini:             Romeo (Capuletti)


Berlioz:            Anna (Les Troyens)

                        Benedict (Beatrice e Benedict)


Gunoud:           Siébel (Faust)


Handel:            Aggripina


                        Dejanira (Hercules)

                        Irene (Tamerlano)

                        Medoro (Orlando)


                        Ruggiero (Alcina)

                        Sesto (Gulio Cesare)



Humperdinck:             Hansel (Hansel und Gretel)


Mozart:            Annio (La Clemenza di Tito)

                        Cecilio (Lucio Silla)

                        Cherubino (La nozze di Figaro)

                        Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte)

                        Despina (Cosi fan tutte)

                        Idamante (Idomeneo)

                        Ramiro (La Finta Gardiniera)

                        Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito)

                        Sifare (Mitridate)

                        Zerlina (Don Giovanni)


Offenbach:      Niklaus (Les contes d'Hoffman)


Rossini:            Angelina (La Cenerentola)

                        Isaura (L'Italiani in Algieri)

                        Rosina (Il Barbiere)


R. Strauss:       Oktavian (Rosenkavalier)


J. Strauss:        Orlovski (Fliedermaus)















                        Cantatas: J. S. Bach, Telleman

                        Masses: J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart

                        Passions: J. S. Bach, Salieri

                        Stabat Mater: Dvorak, Pergolesi, Rossini










                        R. Strauss


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