Tivat Music Festival

July 16 2024, 9 p.m.

Partner of the program:


Marija Cvijić, soprano
Branislav Cvijić, tenor
Ivan Nikolić, baritone
Marina Mikić, piano
Lazar Đorđević, actor

Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848)
L’elisir d’amore, excerpts from the opera
Quanto e bella, Nemorino’s aria
Solo: Branislav Cvijić

Come Paride vezzoso, Belcore’s aria
Solo: Ivan Nikolić

Ardir! Ha forse il cielo, duet between Dulcamara and Nemorino
Solo: Ivan Nikolić and Branislav Cvijić

Caro Elisir! i Lallarala la la la la, duet scene between Nemorino and Adina from Act I
Solo: Marija Cvijić and Branislav Cvijić

Ei corregge ogni difetto, finale of the opera
Solo: Marija Cvijić, Ivan Nikolić, and Branislav Cvijić


Marija Cvijić, coloratura soprano, has been cultivating her love for singing and music ever since childhood, when she was a member of the Bajićevi Slavuji Choir [Bajić’s Nightingales]. After completing Isidor Bajić Secondary Music School, she graduated in Vocal Arts from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, under Professor Vera Kovač-Vitkai. She has participated in many vocal arts competitions and has won numerous prizes, including twice being a recipient of the Melanija Bugarinović and her Daughter Mirjana Kalinović-Kalin Fund for Talented Young Singers Scholarship. In 2013, she became a permanent member of the Serbian National Theater Opera, taking on the role of a soloist in 2019. At this institution, she has performed in operas by Lortzing, Gotovac, Cimarosa, and Despić, as well as in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in one of the most demanding coloratura roles, The Queen of the Night. With Branislav Cvijić, Marjia Cvijić has performed at thematic concerts in Sombor, Zrenjanin, Ruma, and Novi Sad. In operas for children realized by the Visoko C (High C) Association of Artists, which she founded together with her husband, she has appeared in more than 400 performances throughout Vojvodina, singing the leading roles in operas such as Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Marriage of the Bear, Hedgehog’s Home, Bastien und Bastienne, Cinderella, and Stories from a Grange.

Branislav Cvijić, tenor, graduated from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the Department of Vocal Studies, under Professor Zvonimir Krnetić, and continued his education with Dragoslav Ilić, soloist-tenor of the National Theater in Belgrade. He has won first prizes at the Republic and Federal competitions in Serbia and was a competition laureate in Moscow in 2008. He has realized more than twenty solo concerts, over two hundred solo performances, and dozens of performances with chamber ensembles. Since 2003, he has served a member of the Serbian National Theater Opera in Novi Sad, becoming a soloist and a permanent member in 2016. Branislav Cvijić has realized over twenty opera roles in such works as Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Jenko’s Seoski lola [A Town’s Barfly], Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Shostakovich’s Katerina Izmailova, Logar’s Pokondirena tikva [A Would-be Lady], Suppé’s Die Schöne Galathée, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Verdi’s Nabucco, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Despić’s Pop Ćira i pop Spira [Priest Ćira and Priest Spira], and P. I. Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Since 2005, he has been a member of the Chamber Music Association. In 2015, he founded the Visoko C (High C) Association of Artists, whose aim is to promote national and international music culture, primarily opera and youth arts education.

Ivan Nikolić, baritone, attended the Josip Hatze Music School in Split, in the Department of Accordion, and the Vojislav Vučković Music School in Niš, at the Department of Vocal Studies, under Professor Gordana Milošević. He graduated in 2002 from the Faculty of Music in Pristina, under Professor Olga Koroljkova, after which he completed the Biserka Cvejić’s Opera Studio at the National Theater in Belgrade, under Professor Gordana Jeftović. In 2005, Ivan earned a position in the opera studio in Biel (Switzerland), where he studied under Professor Hans Peter Blochwiz. He has held many concerts and has participated in numerous competitions in the country and abroad. He is actively engaged as a soloist of several choirs in Serbia. In the Madlenianum Chamber Opera, Nikolić has realized roles in works by Orff and Rossini, and since 2007 he has been performing in the Serbian National Theater Opera, including roles in Puccini’s La bohème, Tosca, and Madame Butterfly, Verdi’s La Traviata, Rigoletto, and Il trovatore, Menotti’s Telephone, Logar’s Pokondirena tikva [A Would-be Lady], and Donizetti’s Viva la mamma. Ivan Nikolić has been engaged as a pedagogue since 2002, first in the Kornelije Stanković Music School in Trstenik and then in the Teodor –Toša Andrejević Music School in Ruma, where he has served since 2010.

Marina Mikić, piano, completed music school in Herceg-Novi, under Professor Zoran Redžić. She graduated from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad under Professor Kemal Gekić. During her studies, she won several Republic and Federal prizes in Serbia. Marina has continued her education through participation in numerous master classes held by renowned pedagogues, such as Igor Lazko, Vladimir Krpan, Konstantin Bogino, Aleksey Nasedkin, Jelena Richter, Jokuthon Mihailović, Dorian Leljak, and Arbo Valdma, among others. She has recorded for both Serbian and Montenegrin RTV. Beginning with her first solo recital, held at the age of eleven, Marina has been developing and expanding her piano repertoire, which today encompasses a wide range of solo, chamber, and orchestral pieces. She has performed in Slovenia, Austria, Montenegro, Croatia, Italy, Slovakia, and Serbia. Marina is currently employed as a Collaborative Pianist at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. In addition to her concert, collaborative, and pedagogical activities, she has been engaged in positions with various organizations: serving as Assistant of the KotorArt International Festival’s Artistic Director for eight years, as a board member of the Sombor Music Festivities, and as a board member of the Novi Sad Academy of Arts’ A Fest.

Lazar Ðurðević, actor, first completed studies in Economics in America and Belgium before returning to Montenegro, where he completed Acting Studies at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Cetinje under Professor Branko Ilić. He has performed in plays at the City Theater in Podgorica, the Tivat Culture Center, the Nikšić Theater, and the Montenegrin National Theater, working with directors such as Jagoš Marković, Milan Karadžić, Goran Bulajić, Varja Ðukić, Ana Vukotić, and others. Beyond the theater, Lazar Ðurðević has participated in the filming of short and feature-length films in both Montenegro and Serbia. He has also furthered his acting prowess at renowned acting studios in America: the Susan Batson Studio, The Barrow Group, the John Markland Studio, and The International Acting Studio. He is currently engaged as an intern at the Montenegrin National Theater and is working on several short films being filmed during the summer of 2024 in Montenegro.

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9.30 p.m.


Pine City Promenade near Gumno

Tivat Music Festival

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