Jasmina Halimic

Jasmina Halimic

Lirico Spinto Soprano

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«"a virtuoso display of technical prowess and expressive transparency. Deploying her bright-edged and vibrant tone with utmost mastery"»
Joshua Kosman - San Francisco Chronicle (2016)
«The opening-night cast also unveiled a star of the future in the title role - Halimic brought down the house at the California Theatre with her fine-tuned spinto soprano, a lovely instrument to hear.»
Paul Hertelendy - www.artssf.com (2016)
«But top kudos must go to Jasmina Halimic, whose lustrous and creamy soprano took my breath away in several spots. In particular, her smoldering intensity and heart-rending sense of entreaty made the final “Libera Me” movement something I won’t soon forget.»
Lindsay Koob - Charleston Today (2016)
2017Verdi: Un ballo in mascheraAmelia
2017Verdi: RequiemSoprano
2015Lehár: Die Lustige WitweHanna Glawari
2013Verdi: RequiemSoprano soloist
2012Gounod: FaustMarguerite
2011Mozart: IdomeneoElettra
2011Puccini: La BohèmeMimì
2011Leoncavallo: PagliacciNedda
2010Tchaikovsky: Anna KareninaAnna Karenina
2010Puccini: La RondineMagda de Civry
2009Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroContessa d'Almaviva
2000Tchaikovsky: Anna KareninaAnna Karenina

Bio

Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as a "virtuso...of technical prowess and expressive transparency. Deploying her bright-edged and vibrant tone with utmost mastery ", Jasmina Halimic's most recent appearances include the critically acclaimed portrayal of Marguerite in Faust with Opera San José and a triumphant debut with Charleston Symphony as the soprano soloist in Verdi's Requiem.  She premiered the title role of Anna Karenina, a modern opera by David Carlson, in the West Coast to great acclaim. Ms. Halimic was the second person ever to perform Anna Karenina and her portrayal was hailed in the San Francisco Chronicle as “first rate - visual and vocal delight.”  Ms. Halimic's recent performances include Elettra in Idomeneo with the Packard Humanities Institute, praised by the Opera Magazine (UK) as "arrestingly sung and vividly acted.", followed by Nedda in I pagliacci, Mimì in La bohème with Opera San José, a debut with the Missoula Symphony performing highlights from Suor Angelica and the "Inneggiamo" scene from Cavalleria Rusticana, Magda in La rondine with Opera San José, Countess in Le nozze di Figaro in her European debut with the Intermezzo Foundation (Belgium), Mimì in La bohème with the Amore Opera, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow with the Brevard Festival and Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with the Indiana University Opera Theater. Further operatic credits include roles that she covered and performed as a student: Desdemona in Otello, Violetta in La traviata, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Musetta in La bohème, Micaela in Carmen. This past summer Ms. Halimic reprised the role of Hanna Glawari in Lehar's The Merry Widow with Minnesota's Northern Lights Music Festival.  Active recitalist and an art-song proponent, Ms. Halimic, has recently performed a US premiere of Dejan Despic's cycle The Song Book of Dubrovnik with pianist Djordje Nesic at the Bohemian National Hall in New York City. In 2014 they reprised Despic's song cycle in the Slavic Songbook concert at Opera America in New York City. Her Slavic Songbook recital opened the Tuesday Musical Club's 2014-2015 season in Pittsburgh with great success. In February 2016, Ms. Halimic performed a recital of contemporary Russian art songs with the prestigious Russian Chamber Art Society of Washington DC to great acclaim. Ms. Halimic was a finalist and an award winner in such competitions as the Liederkranz Competition, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Palm Beach Opera Competition, Belvedere Competition, Irene Dalis Competition, Queens Opera Competition, Bel Canto Competition, Indiana University Travel Grant Competition, among others.    Ms. Halimic completed her graduate studies at Indiana University where she participated in master classes with Nico Castel, Carol Vaness, Regina Resnik and Sherrill Milnes. She received her bachelor's degree in music and Italian language from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.  Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ms. Halimic moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her family as a teenager. She begun formal music education in her native city of Banja Luka at age 13. Her studies were soon interrupted by the political tensions and war that followed in early 90's. She resumed her training in her adopted city of Pittsburgh, PA few years later at Civic Light Opera Academy and Duquesne University.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera Amelia No 2017
Verdi: Requiem Soprano Salisbury Symphony 2017
Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe Hanna Glawari Northern Lights Music Festival 2015
Verdi: Requiem Soprano soloist Charleston Symphony Orchestra (Charleston) 2013
Gounod: Faust Marguerite Opera San Jose (San Jose) 2012

Awards

Metropolitan opera National council auditions district winner
2016
metropolitan opera national council auditions district winner
2016
liederkranz competition finalist
2016