Nela Saric Soprano

Born in Zadar (1988), soprano NELA ŠARIĆ attended Blagoje Bersa Elementary Music School. Upon finishing school in the piano department, she continued her musical education as a singer, first with Marijo Petani and then with Dubravka Krušelj-Jurković.


C roatian soprano Nela Šarić graduated from Zagreb Academy of Music (prof. Cynthia Hansell-Bakić) and Wales International Academy of Voice, where she studied under renowned tenor Dennis O'Neill and soprano Nuccia Focile. While at WIAV Nela has worked and studied with several distinguished coaches including Mo.Richard Bonynge and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. She was a member of 2015 International Opera Studio in Gijon, Spain.

Nela is the winner of the 1st and the Tokyo Metropolitan Opera Foundation Special Prizes at the 2017 Riccardo Zandonai International Competition in Italy, of the 1st and the Audience Prizes at the 2017 Stuart Burrows International Voice Award in Wales, UK, and the 2nd Prize at the Otto Edelmann Singing Competition in Austria. In addition, Nela was a finalist at the prestigious International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Russia and the International Zinka Milanov Singing Competition in Croatia.

Recent highlights include understudying the role of Violetta Valery in La traviata at Welsh National Opera, singing Musetta in La bohème at the Sendai Music Hall and Gilda in Rigoletto at the Emerald Hall in Japan, Faure's Requiem with New York’s West Village Chorale, a gala concert celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Croatian National Theatre in Zadar, and at the Milka Trnina Award Ceremony. She has performed with all the major Croatian orchestras and ensembles. She has recorded the 19th century baroque music of composers from Zadar, produced by Edo Mičić and widely toured Croatia performing renaissance music with distinguished lutenist Edin Karamazov.

Renowned industry professionals she has worked with include conductors Riccardo Muti, Lorenzo Tazzieri, Michael Conley, Guido Mancusi, Jose Gomez, Mladen Tarbuk, Tomislav Fačini, Edo Mičić, Saša Britvić, directors Sarah Crisp, Yasuhiro Miura, Ignacio Garcia, Sandra Martinović, Krešimir Dolenčić and Dora Ruždjak Podolski and vocal coaches Joyce Fieldsend, Gareth Jones, Julian Smith, Della Jones, David Gowland, Gareth Morell, Anthony Negus, Marco Canepa, Pierre Maurice Barlier, Tanya Harrison and Jacqueline Pischorn. She has also participated in masterclasses held by Raina Kabaivanska, Susan Bullock, Nelly Miricioiu, Ryland Davies, Annemarie Zeller, Larry Allan Smith, Benno Schollum, Mary Logan-Hastings, Helena Lazarska and Judith Kopecky.

Nela was awarded the Coat of Arms by the City of Zadar for exemplary successes and achievements in the field of music. .