Tanja Ruždjak

"Tanja has a warm and powerful voice with a uniquely wide range, which easily copes with the most demanding of musical lines."


Tanja Ruždjak finished Postgraduate study in voice on University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (Austria) in the class of prof. Claudia Visca (2019),   completed her Master's degree (2013) at Music Academy in Zagreb (Croatia) in the class of prof. Dunja Vejzović and her Bachelor in the class of prof. Martina Zadro (2012). She has performed successfully at home and abroad (Italy, Austria, Slovenia, United States, Ireland, Australia, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Spain). As a concert singer, she appeared in works by G. B. Pergolesi, W.A. Mozart, F. Schubert, J. Brahms, L. van Beethoven, F. Mendelssohn, P. I. Tchaikovsky, N. Rimsky Korsakov, S. Rachmaninov, F. Poulenc, H. Duparc, H. Villa Lobos, D. Pejačević, J.Hatze and many others . She has a successful solo recital repertoire of songs together with pianist Danijel Gašparović. They performed with succes in Croatia and Europe. With a Portuguese guitarist Pedro Ribeiro Rodrigues, Tanja performs works by F. Sor, J. Rodrigo, B. Britten, I. Padovec, H. Villa Lobos and also colaborates with eminent musicians in the guitar trio "Elogio". 

She is a member of the "Project Lazarus" very unique ensemble, which promotes Croatian musical heritage of the undiscovered works by Croatian composers from the 16th and 18th century. She has collaborated with renowned orchestras (Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra,The Zagreb soloists, Croatian Chamber Orchestra, Croatian National Theater Orchestra Rijeka, Croatian National Theater Orchestra Osijek, Maribor opera orchestra, Croatian National theatre Zagreb opera orchestra and many others) and conductors such as Pavle Dešpalj, Nikša Bareza , Loris Voltolini, Leopold Hager, Hans Graf, Ricardo Estrada, David Danzmayr, Ivo Lipanović , Ivan Josip Skender, Nada Matošević, Filip Pavišić, Natalie Murray Beale, Darijan Ivezić and others. She has won several awards at international competitions (First prize in International voice competition IMMC Maribor 2018, Second prize at the International Bruno Spiller Competition in Montenegro 2012, Special prize at the International Music Competition in Vienna, Austria 2011, "Best young musician in 2016." by Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra for Tanja's distinguished concert and opera activity in Croatia; "Laureate" award on the International festival Allegro vivo (Horn, Austria 2014.). She regularly performs at prestigious festivals: The Varaždin Baroque Evenings, Hvar summer festival, Concerts in the summer residence "Bunić Kaboga" Dubrovnik, Osor Musical Evenings, "Gostičevi dnevi" and Festival Seviqc Brežice in Slovenia, Alpenarte Festival and Allegro vivo festivals in Austria, International Organ Festival "Gaetano Calido" and "Nei suoni dei luogi" festivals in Italy and many others.

She is  a member of Croatian Freelance Artists Association and had worked with renowned domestic and foreign artists such as Simon Dešpalj, Nina Cosetto, Adela Golac Rilović, Gerhard Zeller, Silvano Zabeo, Paul Plummer, Eva Blahova, Mirella Freni, Jaume Aragall, Joelle Bouffa and others . She has accomplisshed a number of different roles in several opera houses and productions; Tatjana in "Eugene Onegin" (P. I. Tchaikovsky) at Cres Summer Festival and Giuseppe Kashman festival (Croatia), Lucia in Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" in Barcelona Opera Studio "Atempo" in Barcelona (Spain), Mimi in Puccini's "La Boheme" at  Croatian National Theater in Osijek (C: Pavišić, D: Vujačić), Kleopatra in "Giulio Cezare" by G.F. Handel produced by art organization SKOP (C: Conti,D: Glavan). In Zagreb National Opera she performed; the first Page boy in Wagner's "Lohengrin" (C: Bareza, D: Schildknecht),  Annina in Verdi's "La Traviata" (C: Šego, D: Kica), Musetta and Mimi in "La Boheme" by G. Puccini (C: Skender, D. Bernard) Susanna in "Le Nozze di Figaro" by W. A. Mozart (C:Beale/Bareza,D: Garcia Lozano), Ninetta in "In Love for Three Oranges" by S. Prokofiev (C: Bareza, N: Dolenčić), Jelena in Croatian opera "Nikola Šubić Zrinjski" (C:Skender, D:Dolenčić), Melka in Croatian opera "Adel and Mara" written by P. Mascagni's student Josip Hatze (C: Bareza/ Skender/ Vukšić, D:Prohić) and others. 


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Role Opera Author Time and location
TatianaEugene OneginP. I. TchaikovskyCres Opera Festival, 2013.
Giuseppe Kashman Opera Festival, 2014.
MimiLa BohemeG. PucciniCroatian National Theatre Osijek, 2014/2015.
Croatian National Theatre Zagreb, 2016/2017.
CleopatraJulio CesareG. F. HandelSKOP organisation, Split, 2014.
LuciaLucia di LamermoorG. DonizettiBarcelona Opera studio,  A Tempo, Barcelona 2014.
MusettaLa BohemeG. PucciniCroatian National Theatre Zagreb, 2015.
SusannaLa Nozze Di FigaroW. A. MozartCroatian National Theatre Zagreb, 2016./ 2017.
LucyDie DreigroschenoperK. WeilCroatian National Theatre Zagreb, 2015.
Princess NinettaThe Love For Three OrangesS. ProkofievCroatian National Theatre Zagreb, 2017./2018.
JelenaNikola Šubić ZrinjskiIvan ZajcCroatian National Theatre Zagreb 2017.
MelkaAdel i MaraJosip HatzeCroatian National Theatre Zagreb 2017./2018.
AnninaLa TraviataG.VerdiCroatian National Theatre Zagreb 2016.
First Nobleman of BrabantLohengrinR. WagnerCroatian National Theatre Zagreb 2012./2013.Croatian National Theatre Zagreb 2013./2014.
Role Opera Author
AdinaL Elisir D’AmoreG.Donizetti
MichaelaCarmenG. Bizet
ViolettaLa TraviataG.Verdi
PaminaDie ZauberflöteW.A. Mozart
KonstanzeDie Entführung aus dem SerailW.A. Mozart
NeddaPagliacciR. Leoncavallo
MagdaLa RondineG. Puccini
FiordiligiCosi fan tutteW.A.Mozart
Konigin der NachtDie ZauberflöteW.A.Mozart
CendrilionCendrilionJ. Massenet
LiuTurandotG. Puccini
Erste DameDie ZauberflöteW.A.Mozart
Donna AnnaDon GiovanniW.A. Mozart
JulietteCapuleti e i MontecchiV. Bellini
ElviraI PuritaniV. Bellini
MargueriteFaustCh. Gounod
ManonManonJ. Massenet
Donna ElviraDon GiovanniW.A. Mozart
JuliettaRomeo et JulietteCh. Gounod
FiordiligiCosi Fan TutteW.A.Mozart
AminaLa SonnambulaV.Bellini
Author Composition
A.Vivaldi (1678-1741.)Gloria in D major, RV 589
J.S.Bach (1685-1750.)Magnificat in E-flat major, BWV 243a
Matthäuspassion, BWV 244b
G.F. Handel (1685-1759.)Laudate pueri Dominum HWV 237
Joshua, HWV 64
Messiah, HWV 56
G.B.Pergolesi (1710-1736.)Stabat Mater
J.Haydn (1732-1809.)Die Schöpfung (Hob. XXI:2)
Stabat Mater
W.A.Mozart (1756-1791.)Ah se in ciel, K.538
Basta, vincesti, K. 486
Bella mia fiamma, K. 528
Exsultate, jubilate, K.165/158a
Missa brevis in B- flat major, K.275/272b
Mass in C minor, KV.427
No , no, che non sei capace, K.419
Ch'io mi scordi di te? Non temer amato bene K.505
Requiem in D minor K.626
G.Rossini (1792-1868.)Stabat Mater
F. Schubert (1797-1828.)Mass No.2, D.167
G.Verdi (1813-1901.)Requiem
F.Mendelssohn (1809-1847.)A Midsummer Nights Dream: Op. 21
A. Dvořák (1841-1904.)Stabat Mater, Op.58
C. Orff (1895-1982.)Carmina Burana
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827.)The Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125



Heitor Villa Lobos - Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5

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G. Puccini, Edgar: Addio mio dolce amor (Fidelia)

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