Marija Lešaja

Marija Lešaja

Lyric Soprano

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2017Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Elvira
2017Janáček: JenůfaKarolka
2017Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelSandmännchen (the Sandman)
2017Verdi: AidaVoice Of The High Priestess
2017Monteverdi: L'OrfeoProserpina
2017Mozart: Die ZauberflöteZweite Dame (second Lady)
2017Weill: Die DreigroschenoperLucy Brown
2015Janáček: JenůfaBarena
2014Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaBerta
2012Mozart: Die ZauberflötePapagena
2010Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelGretel
2010Gluck: Orfeo ed EuridiceEuridice

Bio

Marija Lešaja was born in Zagreb in 1983. She attended the Blagoje BersaSchool of Music, where she studied the flute (Prof. Vesna Hajdin) and singing (Prof.Viktorija Badrov). After studying philosophy and sociology she attended theMusic Academy in Zagreb where she graduated in the class of Associate ProfessorCynthia Hansell-Bakić. In 2008 she started a two-year Master’s Study at the Universityof Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in the class of Prof. Theimer and Prof. Orlowsky.She attended seminars by Olivera Miljaković, Dunja Vejzović, Rotraud Hansmann, GeorgNigl, Gerhard Zeller, Neda and Željka Martić.During her studies in Zagreb she won several awards at county competitions andan award at the state competition. She is also the recipient of the Rector'sAward for participation in the "L’elisir d’amore" project in 2008. In2010 she was one of the finalists of the Nico Dostal International OperettaCompetition in Austria.During her studies she performed as a soloist with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestraand with the orchestra and choir of the Music Academy.She has appeared in the roles of Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Melpomene in IlParnaso confuso (Schlosstheater Schoenbrunn Vienna), Euridice in Orfeo edEuridice (Probebuehne- Mdw Vienna), Ida in Die Fledermaus, Papagena in DieZauberfloete, Barena in Jenufa, Čobanče in Ero the Joker, and Berta in IlBarbiere di Siviglia (Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb).She has performed as a soloist with Vjekoslav Šutej, Uroš Lajovic, NikšaBareza, Tomislav Fačini, Igor Vlajnić, Josip Šego, Srboljub Dinić, as well aswith the Croatian Military Orchestra, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, theRijeka Opera Orchestra and the Music Academy Orchestra.She has appeared at the Chamber Music Festival in Vukovar, the Evenings of St.Donat, the Peter Nakić Organ Festival in Rab, in a live broadcast of CroatianRadio at the Salon Očić, the Rovinj Festival, the Festival of Organ Heferer, thePassion Heritage Festival, the Christian Culture Festival, the Showroom ofContemporary Sound, the Festival of Organ Music in the Lika-Senj County, theKorčula Summer of Culture, the Blato Music Festival, the Omiš Summer of Culture,etc.She has held four recitals in Vienna, organized by Matica Hrvatska in Viennaand the Austrian-Croatian Society in Vienna. She has performed the music of W.A. ​​Mozart and R. Strauss with the Salon Orchestra Alt-Wien inVienna.She has given numerous concerts in Austria with the Vienna Kuenstlerforum,where she performed an operetta and Wienerlied.She has also appeared as a soloist in the premiere of the musical suite forensemble and soprano by Mirela Ivičević Planet 8 alias Operation Neptune inTheatre ITD, which won the J. Š. Slavenski award for the best musical work in2013. She has performed at the Music Salon SC’s Showroom of Contemporary Soundin 2014 and with Hilary Jeffrey’s experimental ensemble in 2015.She performed as a soloist with the Cantus ensemble, when she sang M. Belamarić’s5 ​​Poemas de Cante Jondo.She has performed several times with the ensemble of Glazbene staze.She regularly collaborates with organist Katarina Javora with whom she gavenumerous recitals of sacred and baroque music. She has performed renaissancemusic with the Minstrel ensemble.Since 2013 she is a member of the Le Trio ensemble with Eda Rimanić and IvaLjubičić with whom she performs French music spanning from romanticism tocontemporary music.She has performed J. Cage's Aria for solo voice at the Museum of ContemporaryArt in Zagreb.She recorded a couple of radio plays for Croatian radio.She has been a member of The Croatian Society of Music Artists (HDGU) andKuenstlerforum from Vienna since 2011.As of 2017 she is a member of the Croatian Freelance Artists Association.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Mozart: Don Giovanni Donna Elvira No 2017
Janáček: Jenůfa Karolka No 2017
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel Sandmännchen (the Sandman) No 2017
Verdi: Aida Voice Of The High Priestess No 2017
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo Proserpina No 2017

Awards

Josip štolcer slavenski award
2017