Branislava Podrumac, soprano
Branislava Podrumac is a multitalented artist with tremendous power of transformation, who dominates the stage equally effortlessly in operas, operettas, musicals and even drama plays.
Branislava graduated from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, where she studied solo singing with Prof. Radmila Smiljanić. She attended master classes in Belgrade, Vienna and The Hague with Olivera Miljakovic, Katarina Jovanovic, Sona Ghazarian, James McCray, Rita Susovsky, Marjana Lipovšek and Olga Makarina. She made her debut on the opera stage in 2003 as a member of the Opera Studio of the National Theatre in Belgrade, singing the leading role in Puccini’s Sister Angelica.
She caught the attention of the wider audience by singing the leading female role (I) in the hit musical Rebecca by Sylvester Levay, for which she won the Association of the Music Artists of Serbia’s Best Young Artist Award in 2012. This role marked the beginning of a very successful cooperation with the Madlenianum Opera & Theatre, where she has played the roles of Cathy in the musical The Last Five Years, Hanna Glawari in the operetta The Merry Widow, Nedda in the opera Pagliacci, Éponine in the musical Les Miserables, Franzi in the operetta Viennese Blood by Johann Strauss the Younger, Papagena in the version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute for children, Ore in the opera Suton (The Dusk) by Stevan Hristić, as well as the dramatic character of Vida in the theatrical play Little Secrets, directed by Goran Marković.
Branislava has given a large number of concerts, recitals, as well as public and TV appearances. Highlights of her numerous performances include Benstein’s Kaddish, with the RTS Choir and Symphony Orchestra (2003), and the New Year’s concert of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra (2011).
A special place in her career is dedicated to traditional and spiritual music, as well as to performances of contemporary classics. She was acclaimed for her performances of Elisabeth in the dance opera Les Enfants Terribles by Phillip Glass (2009) and the Nymphe in the chamber opera Narcissus and Echo by Anja Djordjević (2003). As part of the chamber music series at the Belgrade Philharmonic Hall she took the role of the narrator in Serbian premiers of William Walton’s Façade in 2017. In addition to musical skills, she showcased her remarkable acting adroitness, in this very interesting piece written in declamatory form to provocative and sophisticated poems by Edith Sitwell.
Branislava Podrumac is a member of several ensembles, with which she regularly appears in concerts, festivals and thematic cultural events. These include Libercuatro, which specializes in the performance of tango music, as well as Trio Casablanca and No Boundaries duo, with repertoires of film and popular classical music. In 2020 Branislava joined the Shira U’tfila, a multi-ethnic, multi-faith ensemble that draws its inspiration from the diversity and richness of Judeo-Spanish, Ottoman-Turkish, Arabic and Balkan musical traditions.
As Elisabeth in Les Enfants Terribles – ©photo: Đorđe Tomić As Harry Potter in Harry Potter Suite – ©Photo: Marko Đoković Аs Papagena in The Magic Flute – ©Photo: Opera & Theatre Madlenianum
Besides singing, she also teaches and is committed to children’s musical education (The Harry Potter Suite with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006, 2016 and 2018; as well as The Magic Flute for children at Madlenianum Opera & Theatre since 2013). Branislava also starred in a documentary by Goran Paskaljević – Belgrade: Stolen Youth (2002), produced by the German-French TV station Arte. Here life and works from the early days are also portrayed in the two TV documentaries by Vladimir Perović : Gift from God (1997) and What color is a soul (2019) .
Branislava Podrumac is a member of the Association of the Music Artists of Serbia, with the status of a freelance artist.