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An important segment of the festival is dedicated to the education and professional empowerment of young music professionals. This year we have the honor to host two reputable opera singers, soprano from New York Metropolitan Opera Olga Makarina and mezzo-soprano Alessendra di Giorgio (Sanja Radišić), that will hold solo singing masterclasses in two categories:





Masterclasses are open for opera singing students and graduated opera singers up to 32 years of age. Participants will have a chance to participate in individual sessions (25-27 January) and on 28 January - to take part in the joint concert with all participants of the masterclasses. The sessions and the concert will be held with the official Rossi Fest pianist and will be open to the public.


Applications for masterclasses are closed now.



Rossi Fest will have the honor of hosting a renowned soprano from the Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Olga Makarina for the second time. Selected candidates will have a three-day session with Ms. Makarina, accompanied by the pianist. Finally, the participants will take part in the concert with other masterclass participants that will be held on January 28.


The soprano from the Metropolitan Opera OLGA MAKARINA was born in Archangel, Russia, where she earned her Masters in piano and voice from the St Petersburg Conservatory. She has won a number of important prizes and awards, and is especially notable for her pedagogical work with young singers.

Her first New York appearance was at the New York City Opera as Lucia di Lammermoor. She has performed as well Gilda in Rigoletto, Konstanze in Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio and Olympia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Ilia in Idomeneo (Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival), Violetta in La Traviata (Kirov Opera) and Eudoxie in La Juive (Opera Orchestra of New York). Apart from these, she has also appeared as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Minnesota Orchestra and in Orff's Carmina Burana. She performed the demanding role of Elettra in Mozart's Idomeneo at the Metropolitan Opera with James Levine conducting, while at Opera Pacific she was Adina in the Jonathan Miller production of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore.

She appeared twice at the Bard Festival, singing scenes from Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable and Les Huguenots as well as the final scene of Norma and then as a soloist in the Grand Messe of Franz Liszt.

Apart from the Metropolitan Opera, Olga Makarina performed on various stages in Prague, Bratislava, Palm Beach, Warsaw, and in Carnegie Hall.



For the first time as part of the Rossi fest, this year there will be a masterclass in German lied singing. The candidates will have the honor of attending the masterclass with reputable mezzo-soprano ALESSANDRA DI GIORGIO (SANJA RADIŠIĆ).

Born in Belgrade in a reputable artistic family, Sanja Radišić graduated from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of Violete Radaković Pančetović and the Music Academy in Mannheim, Germany. Her rich repertoire covers over thirty solo roles that include incredibly demanding roles such as Lady Macbeth, Amneris, Ulrica, Eboli, Venus, etc. 

She started her career in Germany, which was followed by performances in Italy, France, Spain, Romania and Austria. She performed with the Orchestre National d'Ile-de-France under the baton of Enrique Mazzola, then with the Philharmonie de Paris, as well as other prestigious halls of Paris. She sang the Queen of Saba by K.Goldmark at the prestigious Klosterneuburg in Vienna and then in the grandiose hall of Brucknerhaus in Linz, Austria where she performed Verdi’s Requiem. She further embraced the dramatic repertoire with her debut as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni. In the year 2020 she’ll present her first CD with the Berliner Philharmoniker where she’ll appear as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni.

Alessandra was the first soloist from Serbia that had the honor of performing in the famous festival in Bayreuth (Bayreuth Festspiele) for the 150th anniversary of the birth of Siegfried Wagner.

She’s the winner of all first medials in the Serbian national competitions, as well as various international prizes, such as: Vienna International New Year's Competition, International Competition Amici della Musica, Alcamo, Italy and International Opera Competition Hariclea Darclee in Braila, Romania.

Apart from an enviable music career, Alessandra is also a graduated graphic designer. 


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