Marko Kalajanović, a baritone and the lead opera singer of the National Theatre in Sarajevo, was born in 1984 in Ivanjica. He completed his undergraduate and specialist academic studies in the field of solo singing at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade, under the mentorship of Prof. Radmila Bakočević. After his studies, he continued with vocal consultations with Maestro Paolo de Napoli in Italy.


He performed interpreting the main baritone roles in the National Theatre in Belgrade, Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad, Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Slovenian National Theatre in Maribor, National Theatre in Sarajevo, and Montenegrin National Theatre in Podgorica.


He achieved a series of significant baritone roles, including Renato (Un ballo in maschera, G. Verdi), Ezio (Attila, G. Verdi), Germont (La Traviata, G.Verdi), Rodrigo (Don Carlos, G. Verdi), Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, G. Rossini), Onegin (Eugene Onegin, P.I. Tchaikovsky), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni, W.A. Mozart), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte, W.A. Mozart), Enrico (Lucia di Lamermoor, G. Donizetti), Michonet (Adriana Lecouvreur, F.Cilea), Marcello (La Boheme, G. Puccini), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly, G. Puccini), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore, G. Donizetti), Escamillo (Carmen, G.Bizet), Malatesta (Don Pasquale, G. Donizetti), Biscroma and impresario (Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali – Viva la mamma, G. Donizetti), Krušina (Prodaná nevěsta, B. Smetana), Ben (The Thelephone, Gian Carlo Menotti ), Paul (Les Enfants Terribles, Philip Glass), Constantine the Great (In hoc Signo, M. Frisina), Sima (Ero s onoga svijeta, J. Gotovac), Redžep-aga (Na uranku, S. Binički), Nikola Tesla (Melancholic Dreams of Count Sava Vladislavić), Hedgehog (Hedgehog's House, Z. Vauda), Maestro (Behind the Opera Scenes, Vera Milanković), Smail-aga Čengić (Dragon of Bosnia, A. Horozić) and Babo Alibeg (Alma, J. Osmanagić).


He held a large number of solo concerts and performed at music festivals in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Greece, Germany, Italy, Estonia, Belarus, and Japan.
In February 2017, he performed at the Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara in Japan as a solo baritone in the performance of Symphony No.9, L.V. Beethoven with Young Hokkaido Philharmony.


He is the recipient of numerous awards at opera singer competitions, among which stand out: the first prize at the Republic Competition of Solo Singers of Serbia in Belgrade, the first prize at the Petar Konjović competition in Belgrade, the first prize at the Nikola Cvejić solo singers competition in Ruma.


He is the recipient of the Award of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Serbia (2008) awarded to the most successful young talents.


During 2007 and 2008, he was a scholarship holder of the CEE Musiktheater Foundation for Opera Talents from Vienna (Austria).


He is the recipient of the Annual Award for the Best Young Artist in 2011, awarded by the Association of Music Artists of Serbia, of which he has been a member since 2005.


Marko Kalajanović has been employed as the lead opera singer of the National Theatre in Sarajevo since the opera season 2014/2015.

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