Known for his rich rich vocal colour, great coloratura and stage presence that steals the show from everyone else, Sreten Manojlovic is currently making a name for himself in the opera houses of Europe, and at a rapid pace. His robust bass-baritone voice conveys not only power but also expressiveness and agility, making him ideally suited for baroque roles and in the classical repertoire.
"Buffo always draws, especially if you can do buffo. This is what bass-baritone Sreten Manojlovic does and lets the servant Gelone, who is devoted to wine, stagger through the piece with delightful vocal acrobatics. From the darkest bass to the fine falsetto, Manojlovic's voice leaves little to be desired, plus excellent comic talent. A parade role." - Enikö Kümmel in the Aachen-based magazine MOVIE
Sreten Manojlović completed his vocal studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, in the class of Sebastian Vittucci. Early in his career he was supported by the Belgrade Baroque Academy led by Predrag Gosta and Marijana Mijanović and the New Belgrade Opera. This brought him into close contact with and developed an affinity for the music of the 17th and 18th centuries. He made his debut on the opera stage as Zoroastro in Handel's Orlando. This was followed by roles such as Polypheme in Handel's Acis and Galatea, Caronte and Plutone in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, and the bass part in Mozart's Requiem in D minor.
Further promotion and stage experience came from Christoph Ulrich Meier. Under his baton he interpreted roles such as Leone in Handel's Tamerlano, Toante in Handel's Oreste, Conte Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, as well as Enrico in a production of Haydn's L'isola disabitata which was nominated for the Austrian Theatre Prize.
Summer 2019 saw his first major engagements on the international stage. At Royaumont he was seen again as Polypheme, this time in a production by Claus Guth and conducted by Robert Howarth. His first appearance with Les arts florissants came at the Dans les jardins de William Christie Festival in Thiré, where he took part in the ninth edition of the "Jardin des voix" and, under the direction of William Christie, Paul Agnew and Sophie Daneman, embodied the role of Nardo in Mozart's La finta giardiniera on a European tour. In the same year he appeared again as Nardo in a production of the Vienna Philharmonic Summer Academy. Further performances under William Christie followed, including the bass-baritone part in Handel's L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, as well as in Beethoven's Mass in C major, and his Theater an der Wien debut as Dudziarz in Moniuszko's opera Halka alongside world stars such as Tomasz Konieczny and Piotr Beczala.
In recent years, engagements have taken him to the Lille Opera, the Festival International Opera Baroque et Romantique in Beaune, the Barbican Center in London, the Moscow Philharmonic as well as the Berlin Philharmonic, Festival für Alte Musik Innsbruck and Oper Wietzow. He has performed roles such as Colas in Bastien et Bastienne, the bass-baritone part in Handel's L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Pan in Bach's Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winden (BWV 201), Enrico in Haydn's L'isola disabitata and Guglielmo (Cosi Fan Tutte). He sang Astolfo (Orlando Furioso) at the Konzerthaus Dortmund in 2022, the title role of Polifemo at the Philharmonie Moscow and Il Re di Scozia (Ariodante) at the Lisbon Opera.
The 2022/23 season holds exciting engagements for Sreten: At the Bayreuth Baroque Festival he will take on the roles of Erode in Stradella's San Giovanni Battista and Rambaldo in Bononcini's Griselda alongside Max Emanuel Cencic. This will be followed by appearances as Polypheme in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw with Handel's Acis and Galathea under the musical direction of Leonardo García Alarcón, as well as two engagements in new productions and role debuts at the Aachen Theatre in productions of Le nozze di Figaro in the title role of Figaro and L'Orontea, an opera by Antonio Cesti, in which Sreten will embody the role of Gelone. In spring 2023, he will tour Switzerland and France with Haydn's The Seasons conducted by William Christie and perform Nicola Porpora's opera Polifemo in the title role in Vienna, Amsterdam and Wiesbaden. He will close the season as Eutifronte in Schikaneder's Singspiel Der Stein der Weisen alongside Daniel Behle at the Mozartfest Würzburg.
Sreten Manojlovic regularly works with renowned conductors such as Arie van Beek, George Petrou, Paul Agnew, Alessandro de Marchi, Benjamin Bayl and William Christie.
Sreten is supported by the SIAA Foundation and is a laureate of the 2020 Cesti Competition.
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