Bass-baritone Bojan Knezevic has received critical acclaim for his many operatic portrayals in opera houses in America and in Europe, both as a bass-baritone and as a baritone. Highlighted roles include: Harasta in The Cunning Little Vixen, Doctor Dulacamara in L’Elixir d’Amore, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, the Sacristan in Tosca, and Hali in L’Italiana in Algeri with San Francisco Opera; and Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro with the New National Theatre in Tokyo, Sarasota Opera in Florida, and Sacramento Opera. He has sung Scarpia in Tosca; Marcello, Schaunard, Colline, and Benoit/Alcindoro in La Boheme; Amonasro and Ramfis in Aida; Sharpless in Madama Butterfly; the four Villains in The Tales of Hoffman; Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro; Enrico Ashton in Lucia di Lammermoor; Leporello in Don Giovanni; Don Alfonso and Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte; Don Pasquale in Don Pasquale; and Don Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviliglia. Other highlights include: Emile de Becque in South Pacific and Geronte in Manon Lescaut with Utah Festival Opera, as well as appearing as Frosch in the 1999 New Year’s Eve production of Die Fledermaus with Chicago Lyric Opera, directed by John Copley.
Mr. Knezevic began his operatic career singing in all the major opera companies in the former Yugoslavia, including Belgrade, Zagreb, and Ljubljana. He then performed concerts in Greece, Romania, and Belgium, where he sang Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro. That brought him to the United States and to San Francisco, where he currently resides. Mr. Knezevic's association with San Francisco Opera started in 1992, where he participated in the Merola Program (1992-94), Western Opera Theater national tours (1992-94), and as a 1995 Adler Fellow. He has also enjoyed working with Chicago Lyric Opera, covering Alberich in Wagner’s Das Rheingold in 2004 and the entire Ring Cycle in 2005.
The artist's credits also include Carnegie Hall performances of Mozart's Coronation Mass and Great Mass in C Minor, as well as the U.S. premiere of Mascagni’s Silvano (available on CD by Elysium). In 1997, he performed the role of Papageno in Die Zauberfl0te with Minnesota Opera under the baton of Richard Bonynge, following his success as Leporello in their 1996 production of Don Giovanni. In addition to singing Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and Oroveso in Norma, he has had much success singing the roles of Escamillo in Carmen, the four Villains in The Tales of Hoffman, and the King in Aida with Fort Worth Opera, as well as inaugurating their new opera house as Colline in La Boheme in 1998.
He has sung Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Berkeley Symphony, Schumann’s Das Paradise und die Peri with San Francisco Symphony, and the Verdi Requiem with Modesto Symphony, Sacramento Choral Society, and the Serbian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Last spring, he sang Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle on the Gilmore Piano Festival in Michigan. Most recent engagements include a tour of Gordon Getty’s Plump Jack in Mexico, New Mexico, and Arizona and the roles of Michelle in Il Tabarro and Gianni Schicchi in Puccini’s Il Trittico for El Paso Opera.
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