Dušica Bijelić (Soprano) - APA Artists' Management Alexandra Mercer - www.apaartistsmanagement.com Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina Dušica Bijelic moved to Serbia where for five years she was host of a children’s show on Serbian national television from just 12 years old. She went on to study singing at the University of Fine Arts in Belgrade, then at the Vienna University of Music and received a full scholarship to attend the Opera Studio of Santa Cecilia in Rome under Renata Scotto. This was followed by the first year of a Master’s degree at Bard College Conservatory in their Graduate Vocal Arts Program. She also received full scholarships to attend the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program in Tuscany for six summers, and participated in master classes with Raul Gimenez and also with Renée Fleming, as part of Marilyn Horne’s workshop The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall. Many competition successes followed including first prize in the Career Bridges Competition in New York and the Audience Prize at the Rossini in Wildbad Festival. She was a finalist in the Paris Opera Competition, a finalist in the Ferruccio Tagliavini Music Competition and was awarded first prize in the Nikola Cvejic International Singing Competition in Serbia. Dušica Bijelic went on to join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera Covent Garden, taking part in many productions with the company. She accompanied ROH Covent Garden on tour, appearing at the National Opera in Rio de Janeiro. All of this led The Independent newspaper, to select her as one of the top eight “Bright Young Things in the Arts”. She also appears regularly in concert, most recently at Belgrade’s Philharmonic Hall to sing Strauss’s Four Last Songs and she sang soprano solo in the Mozart Requiem with the RTS Philharmonic Orchestra. She has toured China, Italy, USA, France and Serbia. Future plans include La Contessa Le Nozze di Figaro and Marguérite Faust for Theater Bielefeld.