Gordana Kostic International Opera Singer at The Music Salon
1 April 2016
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Join an International Opera Singer Gordana Kostić in this recital of breathtaking arias from the world of opera. The programme will include famous, seductive Spanish themed tunes from opera Carmen, Dvořak’s beautiful and dreamy aria sung by water fairy Rusalka, Puccini’s tragic soprano arias and many others accompanied by the talented Janet Bishop.
Gordana Kostić was born is Serbia and is now permanently based in London, UK. Gordana is privileged to be working with worldwide renowned opera star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Gordana holds an MMus Degree in Performance Studies, Advanced Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Singing from the Trinity College of Music in London where she was supported by Aurelius and Leverhulme Foundation. She is also a graduate in singing from the Faculty of Music, University of Art in Belgrade, Serbia. Throughout her studies she was also awarded grants by Kathleen Trust, Wax Chandlers Livery Company, Helen Elder Memorial Trust, Rivendell Trust, William Cox Memorial Trust, UK and Opus 50 Investments, Australia. Gordana also won First Prize in the Orpheus Laureates Solo Singing Competition.
Gordana's opera engagements with various opera companies include the title role in Carmen and The Coronation of Poppea, Mimi in La Boheme, Cio-Cio San in Madam Butterfly, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Micaela and Frassquita in Carmen, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Dama Disincatata & Altra Domigella in Francesca Caccini's La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall'Isola dal'Alcina, Mary in British premier of Brunel's Kingdom etc. She has also toured the USA visiting 62 cities with Columbia Artist Management, performing Kate Pinkerton in Madam Butterfly.
Her concert and opera appearances include several visits to Spain, Israel, USA, France, Ireland, Hungary, Bermuda, Italy, China, Australia, Central America, Serbia and others. She performed at the prestigious International Opera Festival in Miskolc, Hungary, The Royal Festival Hall, Fairfield Hall, St John's Smith Square, St Martins- in- the Field, St James Piccadilly, London, Brighton Festival, Kolarac (Belgrade) etc. Gordana has also performed with conductors and pianists such as Robin Stapleton, Julius Drake, David Syrus, Mark Packwood, James Gaddarn, Andrea Quinn, Sir Philip Ledger, etc. Gordana has countless appearances on the Serbian National TV, Bermudan TV, including an interview with the Radio Free Europe, UK regarding her own recitals with philosophical and challenging context called "War Through the Centuries" listened by millions around Europe. Gordana’s future engagements include the role of Musette, concert in Singapore, opening of Raqib Shaw’s exhibition at the Glyndebourne and cruises with Queen Victoria and Arcadia of South East Asia, Africa, Mediterranean etc.
Janet Bishop studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Dennis Murdoch and Frederick Jackson and organ with C.H. Trevor, after obtaining a scholarship from her home county of Yorkshire.
Janet's work encompasses different styles of vocal repertoire from Opera and Lieder to musicals, as well as a wide range of experience working with instrumentalists. In addition to concert work, she has been a member of The British Federation of Festivals, working for many years with several festivals, including those of Bromley, Beckenham and Blackheath. Janet has toured throughout the UK working for "Tano Rea Presents", most recently playing for The Great Big Gilbert and Sullivan Show at the Grand Theatre in Swansea, “Spun Gold Promotions" and "Aspects of Opera" and has recently performed in New York with Gordana Kostić. For several years she was the pianist for “Grim's Dyke Opera Company” in Hertfordshire. (Grim's Dyke was W. S. Gilbert's home ) and in recent years has been involved with Singers' Summer Schools in Wales’ , as well as ‘Workshops for Singers.' Janet continues to work with Gordana Kostić on board of P&O and Cunard cruises.