Obituary: Mezzo-Soprano Biserka Cvejić Dies at 97

By Dejan Vukosavljevic

Famed Serbian mezzo-soprano Biserka Cvejić has died at the age of 97.

Cvejić performed over 70 roles during throughout her renowned career, including Bizet’s “Carmen,” which became one of her calling cards. Other major roles included Eboli in Verdi’s “Don Carlos,” Amneris in “Aida,” Ulrica in “Un Ballo in Maschera,” Azucena in “Il Trovatore,” Charlotte in Massenet’s “Werther,” Giulietta in Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann,” and the title role in Saint-Saëns’ “Samson et Dalila,” among others.

Cvejić performed at all major opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera House, Wiener Staatsoper, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Colón, and Teatro di San Carlo in Napoli, among others.

In later years she would turn to teaching, and became a Professor at the Faculty of Musical Arts in Belgrade and Musical Academy in Novi Sad. The famed baritone Željko Lučić was one of her students.

Here is Biserka Cvejić singing the aria “O mio Fernando,” from Donizetti’s opera “La Favorita.”