Mezzo-Soprano Sanja Anastasia studied music at the University of Music and performing Arts in Graz and Vienna. First parts in productions of the “Theater im Palais” in Graz, the “Schlosstheater Schönbrunn” and the “Volksoper” Vienna accompanied her studies. In the year 2000/01 she received the scholarship of the Federal Ministry of Culture and Science in Austria. 2005 she received her master degree and becam free artist. She continued her vocal studies with Professor Dr. Theodore Coresi in Vienna.
Sanja Anastasia won numerous singing competitions such as the International Competitions “Jeunesses Musicales” in Belgrad, “Vincenzo Bellini” and “Enrico Caruso” in Italy and the Competition of the Chamber Opera “Schloss Rheinsberg” in Germany.
Her first professional engagements lead her on the stages of South Africa as Carmen, of Slovakia as Maddalena (Rigoletto), of Skopje as Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri), and Maribor as Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana under the baton of Karen Kamenšek).
In the season 2008/09 Sanja Anastasia made her successful debut at the Theater Aachen in Germany as Amneris (Aida) and Herodias (Salome) under the baton of Maestro Markus R. Bosch. In the same year she made her debut as Carmen at the National Theater Košice (Slovakia) and the National Opera Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina). Since then, she has been a permanent guest artist there.
In the season 2011/12 Anastasia became a member of State Theatre Mainz and she was also a guest singer at the State Theater Saarbrücken (Larina), Theater Basel (Ulrica) and Sarajevo National Opera (Carmen).
Sanja Anastasia is able to perform a wide variety of parts as a dramatic Mezzo-Soprano. She sang the title role of Tchaikovsky’s “Johanna d’Arc” in Theater Erfurt, under the Baton of Maestro Walery Rywkin and sang the Ulrica in “Un Ballo in Maschera” in Würzburg, Sarajevo, Mainz and Basel. As Judith in “Bluebeard’s Castle” Sanja Anastasia performed in Bremerhaven and Bremen. In the role of Lucretia in “The Rape of Lucretia”, as the Clytemnestra in “Elektra” , the Mescalina in Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre and the Electress in "The Prince of Homburg" Anastasia had a big success at the State Theater Mainz in Germany. The live performance of Henze's "The Prince of Homburg" was recorded for the German Radiobroadcast (conductor maestro Hermann Bäumer).
As princess of Eboli Anastasia will give her roll and house debut in Verdi's "Don Carlo" at the Theater Lübeck, Germany in November 2013.
In summer 2013 Sanja Anastasia made her debut in several productions at the famous Arena di Verona Festival in Italy. She successfuly celebrated the 100-aniversary of Arena Festival as Fenena in "Nabucco" with Placido Domingo in the title roll (under the button of maestro Julian Kowatschew) and as extraordinary Amneris in "Aida" (with Amarili Nizza as Aida and
Stuart Neil as Radames) under the button of Maestro Daniel Oren.
Anastasia appeared successfully as Carmen at the Aspenfos Festival in the Turkey (with Istanbul Opera and maestro Antonio Pirolli) and Openair Festival in Steyr, Austria (maestro Neil Muus). She sung Amneris at the Openair Festival Gars am Kamp and in Salzburg (Grosses Festpielhaus with Prag State Opera) in Austria and at the La Perla Festival in the Switzerland. She was also a guest at the Saint Donat Festival in Zadar (Carmen) in Croatia and on the Ohrid Summer Festival (Rigoletto/Maddalena) in Macedonia.
Currently Sanja Anastasia successfully performs on stages in Austria, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Japan.
Furthermore Sanja Anastasia operates a rich concert repertoire which includes works of Schubert, Schumann, Rachmaninow, De Falla, Prokofjew, Pergolesi, Mahler, Mozart, Beethoven, Bruckner, Bernstein and Verdi. She performed with numerous orchestras, such as the Slovenian Philharmonich Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Fondazione Arena di Verona, the Belgrade Philharmonic and Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra "Stanislav Binicki" and the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra. With the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and Bernstein's 1. Symphony ("Jeremiah") Sanja Anastasia opened the concert season 2012/13 and sung on a NewYear Gala concert (TV broadcast) with world famous bariton Zeljko Lucic and tenor Zoran Todorovich.
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