Milena Kitic, Mezzo Soprano
Renowned mezzo-soprano Milena Kitic has performed numerous roles with opera companies around the world throughout the last three decades. Perhaps best known for her signature role of Carmenin Bizet’s Carmen, she has headlined in major performance venues across the United States and Europe such as the National Theater in Belgrade, Serbia (former Yugoslavia), Aalto TheaterEssen in Germany, Washington D.C. Opera, Baltimore Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Pacific, and Metropolitan Opera.
She received numerous accolades for her performances, including the GermanMusic Critic’s Award for Performer of the season in 1998 and the Opera PacificGuild’s Diva of the Year in 2005.
TheInternational Jeunesses MusicalesCompetition in Belgrade, Serbia, has established a special prize for “the best young mezzo-soprano” in Kitic’s name. Her talent and incredible career in music earned her the inaugural Artist-in-Residence Award given by Chapman University in Orange, California, where she is an adjunct professor and master class instructor. She also works closely with the Orange County High School of the Arts and many universities and music organizations in southern California.
In the past year, Kitic has joined the Board of the Parnassus Society, which is committed to the growth of cultural advancement in Orange County, has established The Milena Kitic Outstanding Mezzo-Soprano Award at The Mentoris Vocal Competition in Pasadena, started mentoring students from Newport Harbor High School in opera and music, and was recognized by the Loren L. Zachary Society for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles for her work as a professional Opera Singer, Educator, and Contributor to the opera community. Kitic presently resides in Newport Beach, California and runs her private vocal studio.