Last November at the Teatro Verdi of Trieste, Kristina Kolar made her debut as Turandot to rave reviews : “a spectacular Turandot” , “a large and important voice, with soaring high notes”, “the voice is homogeneous, flexible and focussed on all the tessiture” , ” a ductile and varied phrasing”, “(An artist) to be absolutely booked every season”…
Six years only after changing from mezzo to soprano, Kristina Kolar is now one of the most brilliant soprano lirico-spinto and drammatico of her generation.
Born in Croatia, she studied with famous soprano Ljiljana Molnar Talajić, and graduated from the Music Academy in Zagreb in the class of Zdenka Žabčić Hesky. She followed the masterclasses of the Accademia Lirica del Rotary International (Milano), Nelli Manuilenko (Ukraine), and Alessandro Svab (Italy).
She’s been a member of the Rijeka Opera since 1997. In 2010, she won the “Milka Trnina” award for the best operatic performance for the role of Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. She also won 5 times the National Award for the best performance of the year for Aida, Tosca, Lady Macbeth, (Macbeth) Manon Lescaut and Donna Elvira ( Don Giovanni). She is a frequent guest of all major opera houses in Croatia (Croatian National Theatres in Zagreb, Rijeka, and Split), as well as in Slovenia, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan (on tour with Aida ).
Her repertoire includes the roles of Lady Macbeth, Manon Lescaut, Tosca, Aida, Santuzza, Turandot, Abigaille (Nabucco), Norma,Maddalena di Coigny (Andrea Chenier).
In concert, she’s sung Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mahler’s 2nd and 8th Symphony. She has also performed at the Shenzhen Concert Hall with the Shenzhen Philharmonics for UNESCO.
Among her discography, let’s mention 7 recordings of Croatian religious music, songs and operas with the Croatian Symphonic Orchestra (HRT), the Munich Radio Orchestra and CPO.
Representation : World except Italy